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Thursday, 11th November 2010
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Coast guard confesses to YouTube video

A coast guard has admitted leaking video footage of a collision between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol vessels.

Investigators at the Metropolitan police department and the Tokyo district public prosecutor's office are reported to be questioning the unnamed officer from the fifth regional coast guard headquarters in Kobe.

Sources claim the coast guard confessed to his captain that he had leaked the footage which appeared on the YouTube video site.

Chief cabinet secretary Yoshito Sengoku confirmed that the government is considering new laws to ensure future handling of confidential information is secure, reports Japan Times.

"Information technology and the (digital) network society have developed significantly. As a result, this sort of problem occurred and we have to face it with utmost seriousness," said Mr Sengoku.

The tension between Japan and China remains higher, with Chinese officials asking Japan not to attend the forthcoming Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honouring Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, according to Japan's foreign minister.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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