Activists carry Chinese and Taiwanese flags as they landed on Uotsuri Island, one of the islands of Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, in East China Sea Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Regional tensions flared on the emotional anniversary of Japan World War II surrender as activists from China and South Korea used Wednesday occasion to press rival territorial claims, prompting 14 arrests by Japanese authorities. The 14 people had traveled by boat, seen at bottom left, from Hong Kong to the disputed islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
Three days later, about 150 Japanese activists traveled to the islands to counter the Chinese protestors. Although they were not allowed to land on the islands, about 10 activists swam on shore and raised Japanese flags.