Zhan is from a village of 2,500 in Fujian province which depends on fishing for its livelihood. His neighbors there are outraged. "The waters off Diaoyu Islands have been our fishing area generation after generation. Why can't we Chinese fishermen catch fish in our own Chinese territorial sea?" a fellow villager asked Xinhua.
Xinhua reported that Zhan's mother is nearly blind from cataracts and she has been lying in bed crying since his arrest. And his 13-year-old son said, "I miss my dad. I hope the Japanese will give him back to me soon."