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Surge in Chinese incursions leaves Japan scrambling on Senkakus

Tokyo weighs how to legally respond, including direct shots at offending vessels

TOKYO -- The upsurge in Chinese incursions into Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands has sent Japan searching for a response strategy based on law, including a clear rule on when it can fire on foreign vessels.

Official Chinese vessels entered waters surrounding the Japan-administered Senkakus, claimed by China as the Diaoyu, on six separate days in February -- the most in four and a half years.

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