Japan releases Chinese fishermen detained for 'illegal fishing'
BEIJING (AFP) - Japan on Sunday released the captain and crew of a Chinese boat who had been detained on suspicion of illegal fishing, Chinese state media reported amid a festering territorial row between the neighbours.
The 100-tonne coral fishing boat with a crew of 13 was stopped on Saturday by a Japanese coastguard patrol in waters some 45km north-east of Miyako island in the southern Okinawan chain.
The skipper and all his crew were released after the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka submitted a bail guarantee, Xinhua news agency said, quoting the consulate general.
The fishing boat and all its crew departed Miyako for China late on Sunday, it said.