The skipper of a Chinese boat, who was arrested by the Japan Coast Guard on Sunday on suspicion of poaching coral, was handed over to authorities in Yokohama on Monday afternoon.
Xie Huawen was the captain of a vessel suspected of operating in Japanese territorial waters in the Ogasawara chain of islands illegally since Friday. On Sunday, the vessel fled after ignoring an order by a Japan Coast Guard ship to land off one of the Ogasawara islands, TBS reported. After a five-hour chase, the coast guard caught up with the Chinese vessel.
Xie is the ninth Chinese fishing boat captain to be arrested for suspected coral poaching, the coast guard said.
Japan says there has been a swell in the number of Chinese fishing boats suspected of hunting red coral -- highly prized in China as jewelry -- since last month.© Japan Today/AFP