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Japan-Taiwan fishing panel to hold first meeting next week

Kyodo

Members of the joint Japan-Taiwan fishing committee will meet for the first time in Taipei next Tuesday, Tokyo’s de facto mission in Taiwan said Thursday.

The Interchange Association said in the statement that officials from both sides reached the agreement after a two-day meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the details of its establishment.

The formation of the committee, yet to be named, is part of the bilateral fisheries pact Japan and Taiwan signed last month on fishing rights around the disputed Senkaku Islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan and China, which call them Tiaoyutai and Diaoyu, respectively.

Under the deal, a joint fishing committee will be set up to continue negotiating the issues the members initially failed to agree upon, including fishing in waters not yet covered by the agreement — such as those 12 nautical miles off the shores of the Japanese-administered Senkakus.