China`s media say 3 Japanese freed, 1 still held

The four were detained after allegedly intruding on a Chinese military zone.

Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 09:05 AM IST

Beijing: China`s Xinhua News Agency says three Japanese detained after allegedly intruding on a Chinese military zone have been released, but one person is still being held.

Xinhua says the three were released on Thursday after admitting to violating Chinese law, but the fourth, identified as Sada Takahashi, is being investigated for illegally videotaping military targets.

The detention of the four comes amid a bitter territorial dispute between the countries triggered by a September 07 collision between a Chinese fishing trawler and two Japanese patrol boats near disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Tokyo released the fishing boat captain and said China needs to resolve the case of the four as the first step toward repairing ties.

Bureau Report