The activists, seven of whom landed on Wednesday on the
rocky, uninhabited isle in the East China Sea claimed by both
nations, have been transferred to Okinawa for questioning by
police on Thursday morning, public broadcaster NHK said.
If they did nothing else illegal, the government would
deport the activists after questioning, it said.
The feud over a chain of islands, which lie near potentially
rich gas reserves, is one of several disputes fraying Japan’s
ties with Asian neighbours China and South Korea decades after
the end of World War Two.