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Japan protests Chinese incursion near disputed islands

A demonstrator yells slogans as the police block protesters from accessing the American consulate, during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in Chengdu September 16, 2012. Torrid protests against Japan broke out in Chinese cities for a second day on Sunday, prompting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to urge Beijing to protect his country's companies and diplomatic buildings from fresh assaults. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

thejapannews– The Japanese government lodged a protest with China on Saturday after two Chinese ships entered the waters near the Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea, also claimed by Beijing, media said.

Japan called the actions of Chinese ships “unacceptable,” the Kyodo news agency cited a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying.

Four Chinese coast guard ships on Saturday approached the Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu in China, according to the agency.

The Chinese ships reportedly pointed their bows at two Japanese fishing boats, prompting the Japanese coast guard to send its vessels to head them off.

A third ship, apparently armed with a cannon, cruised just outside what Japan sees as its territorial waters. The alleged incursion is the first one since a law took effect in China that allows its ships to open fire on foreign vessels.