Ten Japanese nationals landed on Uotsuri Island, the largest of a chain of islets at the center of a territorial row with China in the East China Sea, on Sunday morning and unfurled Japanese flags, Japanese authorities said. The move came after Japan arrested 14 Chinese nationals including activists from Hong Kong and deported them on Friday over a protest landing on Uotsuri, and will inevitably strain Japan's ties with China and Taiwan, both of which claim the Japan-controlled islets. The uninhabited chain is known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan while China calls them Diaoyu and Taiwan Tiaoyutai. The 10 Japanese were among some 50 people who had attended a commemorative ceremony in Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday for the victims of US attacks on vessels sailing near the islets in 1945. The attendants included a group of bipartisan lawmakers, local assembly members as well as the victims' families.
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