Japanese activists make 'unauthorised landing' on disputed island

Japanese activists raise flags on the disputed Uotsuri Island Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo

Early Sunday morning, a fleet of around 20 Japanese fishing vessels reached a group of islands in the East China Sea at the heart of an ongoing territorial dispute.

The vessels were sailing in the waters off an archipelago known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China to take part in a memorial ceremony for the victims of a World War II boat accident.

The Coast Guard in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture said around 10 activists landed on Uotsuri Island without authorisation after swimming ashore. When on the island they raised Japanese flags.