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Japan destroyer and Chinese fishing ship collide with no injuries

Investigation underway after run-in in East China Sea

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Shimakaze fires its cannon during a 2015 fleet review in Sagami Bay off Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.   © Reuters

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and a Chinese fishing boat collided on the high seas off the coast of Shanghai on Monday, the Japan Coast Guard said.

No one was injured in the incident that occurred at around 8:30 p.m. in the East China Sea, the Self-Defense Forces' Joint Staff said. The MSDF said its destroyer and the Chinese vessel, which had 13 crew members aboard, are both still able to sail under their own power.

According to the Defense Ministry, the destroyer Shimakaze received damage on its port side. The vessel was on patrol after departing from Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture on Sunday morning.

The ministry said it will cooperate with the coast guard's investigation while launching a probe panel within the MSDF as well.

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