January 12 According to a report by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), on the 11th, a survey ship of the Japan Coast Guard Agency confronted the ship of the South Korean Maritime Police Agency in the waters of the East China Sea for more than ten hours.
At present, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested to South Korea.
According to the Japan Maritime Security Agency, at about 3:30 a.m. local time on the 11th, a Japanese survey ship named Zhaoyang was radioly warned by a ship of the South Korean Maritime Police Agency when conducting an investigation near 140 kilometers west of Ngshima (called the southeastern area of Jeju Island by South Korea).
According to the report, the specific warning of the South Korean ship is: “To carry out scientific investigation in South Korean waters, you must obtain the consent of the South Korean government in advance.
You should stop the investigation immediately.
Subsequently, the Japanese ship responded, “This is Japan’s exclusive economic zone, and legitimate investigation activities are currently under way.
You should immediately stop warning and stay away from this ship.”
The report pointed out that the South Korean ship left the scene at about 9.30 a.m. on the same day, but another South Korean coast guard ship appeared at about 11:30 a.m., and the confrontation between the two sides lasted until about 5 p.m. that day.
Japan’s Maritime Security Agency later said that a similar confrontation between the two sides occurred in August 2020.