Japan PM approves pro-China activists' deportation
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the deportation of 14 pro-China activists who sailed to disputed islands, a government spokesman said on Friday.
"The prime minister has received detailed reports on the illegal landing," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura. "He yesterday (Thursday) decided to approve of the related agencies' final conclusion to deport" the activists.
Local media reported the deportations could happen as soon as Friday afternoon as Japan moves swiftly to end a potentially destablising row with China.
All of those arrested after sailing to the island in the East China Sea have been transferred to immigration officials' custody, police said.