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Tokyo seizes Google user records over video leak: reports [news.asiaone.com]
Japanese prosecutors on Tuesday seized user records from Google in an investigation into the leak of a video on YouTube showing a tense maritime incident that sparked a row with China, reports said.
The move, reported by the public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media, came after the government confirmed the authenticity of the film showing a Chinese fishing trawler colliding with two Japanese coastguard vessels in disputed waters in early September.
The footage was taken by the Japanese coastguard during the incident in the East China Sea and not released to the public for fear of inflaming the already bitter dispute with China, but it was uploaded on to YouTube on Friday.
After an in-house investigation, the coastguard on Monday brought a criminal complaint in Tokyo against an unknown suspect, citing breaches of the national public service act and other laws.
it seems like the Japanese ship was harassing the Chinese ship which eventually caused the collision.
Since the dispute is well known to both sides it's provocative to be trying to detain any of each others ships.
The Chinese boat on Tuesday allegedly ignored orders by JCG patrol vessels to halt and in an attempt to flee collided with two of the JCG vessels. Believing that the fishing boat's actions were deliberate, the JCG took the captain into custody on suspicion of obstructing official duties of marine safety officers.
At the time of the collisions, about 160 Chinese vessels were illegally operating off the Senkaku Islands.
The Chinese Navy is dispatching warships on the pretext of protecting Chinese fishing vessels in the South China Sea, increasing tensions with Southeast Asian nations.
If China is trying to increase its influence in the East China Sea by sending fishing vessels as an "advance guard," it will affect the national security of Japan.
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China has always had territorial ambitions and wants to grab as much as land as possible. India has no issues at stake in these islands and has enough problems with China, claiming huge amounts of land on its eastern and northern land borders. With China using Pakistan as a proxy in its various disputes with India, India may be fishing in troubled waters..