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Japan rescues Chinese balloonist trying to reach islands

A hot-air balloon carrying a Chinese man lands in the water near the disputed islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China, in the East China Sea, January 1, 2014A Chinese man who tried to fly a hot-air balloon hundreds of kilometres to islands disputed between Beijing and Tokyo was rescued by Japan's coastguard after ditching in the sea, an official said Thursday. The 35-year-old took off from China's Fujian province on Wednesday morning in an attempt to land on one of the Tokyo-controlled islands, the Japan Coast Guard official said.