Japan agrees to larger fishing grounds: Lin
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Japanese government has shown good will in the just-concluded bilateral preparatory fishery talks with an initial agreement to expand the size of existing fishing grounds for local fishermen in the East China Sea, Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) said yesterday.
March 15, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
“Both sides have fully exchanged views on fishery issues (during the meeting),” Lin said yesterday, adding that Tokyo has agreed to allow Taiwanese fishermen a larger fishing area near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the future.
“Taipei and Tokyo still have different opinions on the scope of the new fishing grounds but at least both agreed to move toward the direction (of larger fishing boundaries for Taiwan),” Lin noted.
Another issue touched on in the meeting held Thursday in Tokyo is the management of fishery resources in the region, he noted.
Both parties have reached a consensus to set up a marine resource reserve zone to jointly protect fishing resources in the region, he added.
The minister made the remark on the sidelines of the opening ceremony for the Tuvalu Embassy in Taipei. He was asked to comment on the second Taiwan-Japan preparatory fishery talks meeting held in Tokyo Thursday.
According to a statement released by Japan's de facto embassy in Taipei Thursday, little progress was made during the one-day, closed-door meeting, although both sides have agreed to continue negotiations on the issue again soon.
Commenting on the meeting, Minister Lin said yesterday that both sides have made several breakthroughs on Thursday.
The next preparatory meeting will be held in a month, he noted.
The meeting, the second of its kind since last November, was held to pave the way for the 17th round of official bilateral fishery talks.
Taiwan and Japan last held talks on fishing rights in their overlapping territories in the East China Sea in 2009, but the discussions have been stalled since then.