August 19, 2012
Japanese activists land on disputed Senkaku islands
Six members of the group Gambare Nippon (Hang In There Japan) swam from boats moored off one of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan but claimed by China as Diaoyu, just days after Japan deported pro-China activists who had sailed there from Hong Kong.
Group president Satoru Mizushima swam ashore with a rope, with five others following, clinging to the rope to get to the island.
The six said they were intending to climb to the highest point on the island to plant a Japanese flag.
The Japanese government, which controls the islands, had refused permission for any of the 150-strong party to land.
The voyage came as Beijing told Tokyo it had to immediately cease actions "harming" its territorial sovereignty.