Japan, Taiwan fail to reach agreement in their second joint fisheries committee meeting on fishing order covering waters off Japanese-controlled, Taiwan-claimed Senkaku Islands in East China Sea

TOKYO , December 26, 2013 () – Japan and Taiwan failed to reach agreement in their second joint fisheries committee meeting in Tokyo on Thursday on a fishing order covering waters off the Japanese-controlled, Taiwan-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, officials of both sides said.

Both sides will continue talks for the early establishment of a fishing order covering the waters, with the annual tuna fishing season set to start there from around April, the officials said.

Under a bilateral deal signed in April, Japan and Taiwan are to designate an area in Japan's exclusive economic zone as jointly managed waters where reciprocal fishing is allowed.

Thursday's meeting, which followed the first meeting in Taipei in May, was attended by officials of Taiwan's Association for East Asian Relations and Japan's Interchange Association, the de facto embassy in Taipei in the absence of formal relations, as well as government and other officials from both sides.

Japan made the concession to Taiwan in a bid to prevent Taiwan joining up with China in their claims to the islands, shelving the territorial dispute with Taiwan over the islands.

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