By Beth Main.
A Chinese fishing boat that was detained on Saturday by the Japanese Coast Guard near the island of Kagoshima was released yesterday, according to the Chinese ambassador to Japan.
The boat and its crew were arrested by the Japanese for illegally entering Japanese territory. The captain admitted entering Japanese territory and will pay a fine of 4,280,000 Yen (about 300,000 RMB).
On Saturday evening the captain and two crew members were interrogated on the island while the remaining six crew members were detained on the boat. They were visited by a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Japan while being detained.
This is the latest in the Sino-Japanese standoff over the Diaoyu Islands, which sit in prime fishing waters and over what are believe tot be large oil and gas reserves.