Japan's Coast Guard officials have arrested the skipper of a Chinese fishing boat on suspicion of illegally collecting coral in Japanese territorial waters.
A patrol ship on Sunday spotted the Chinese boat poaching coral near the coast of Chichijima in the Ogasawara Islands, some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo.
Patrol ship officials boarded and stopped the boat as it attempted to flee the area. They arrested the 39-year-old Chinese captain on suspicion of operating illegally in Japanese waters.
Officials found tools for catching coral inside the boat. They're questioning the skipper, as well as 10 other crewmembers. Video.