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World Japan inspects drifting boat carrying 10 North Koreans

11:48  30 november  2017
11:48  30 november  2017 Source:   ap.org

Japan coast guard finds body of dead male suspected from North Korea

  Japan coast guard finds body of dead male suspected from North Korea Japan's Coast Guard found the body of a male and parts of a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on the coast of one of Japan's outlying islands on Saturday, an official said. The Coast Guard made the discovery around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday (2130 GMT on Friday) on Sado island, which is off the coast of Japan's northwestern prefecture of Niigata, a coast guard official said, declining to give his name.The guard also found a pack of cigarettes written in Korean and other personal belongings with Korean written on them near the body, the official said.The cause of death is still unknown, the official said.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities on Thursday inspected a decrepit boat with 10 men aboard identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off the northern island of Hokkaido.

Japanese authorities are to inspect a decrepit boat carrying 10 men identifying as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off Japan ’s northern island of Hokkaido, a latest in a wave of boats washing up on northern Japanese coasts.

In this Nov. 29, 2017 photo, a wooden boat is seen off Matsumae town, Hokkaido northern Japan. Japanese authorities are to inspect a decrepit boat carrying 10 men identifying as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a latest in a wave of boats washing up on northern Japanese coasts. (Iori Sagisawa/Kyodo News via AP) © The Associated Press In this Nov. 29, 2017 photo, a wooden boat is seen off Matsumae town, Hokkaido northern Japan. Japanese authorities are to inspect a decrepit boat carrying 10 men identifying as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a latest in a wave of boats washing up on northern Japanese coasts. (Iori Sagisawa/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Japanese authorities on Thursday inspected a decrepit boat with 10 men aboard identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off the northern island of Hokkaido.

Coast guard officials said they boarded the wooden boat and started inspection after towing it to a safer area. Officials spotted the boat off the western coast of Matsumae town Tuesday but rough seas prevented them from approaching it.

Japan's Coast Guard Finds Dead North Korean Man

  Japan's Coast Guard Finds Dead North Korean Man The cause of the surmised North Korean man's death hasn't been determined at this time. It also remains unconfirmed as to whether he was potentially a defector or a fisherman with failed equipment, like the other eight men that were found Thursday. This wouldn't be the first time that a North Korean fishing boat has been discovered by Japanese officials. The coast guard rescued three North Korean men on Nov. 15 from their capsized boat along a Japan shorefront. The men, who claimed to be fishermen, were then sent home on a large North Korean ship.

Japanese authorities are preparing to inspect a decrepit boat with 10 men identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off the northern island of Hokkaido. Officials spotted the boat off the western coast of Matsumae town Tuesday but rough seas prevented them from approaching it.

Japanese authorities are to inspect a decrepit boat carrying ten men identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off the northern island

The coast guard said the men earlier communicated in Korean via loud speakers and a message board saying they were from North Korea and taking refuge at a nearby island due to rough weather. It was not immediately known whether the boat was involved in illegal fishing inside Japan's 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

Japan has been stepping up patrols after a recent spike in the number of boats turning up on its coasts.

Dozens of boats and debris wash up on Japanese northern coasts every year. This year, 59 cases — compared to 66 last year and down from 80 five years ago — have been detected, nearly half of them in November alone, according to the coast guard.

Officials said they were linked to a reported campaign by the North to send fishermen farther out for more catches.

Possible North Korea defectors may be occupants of skeleton-filled ghost ship found on Japan coast

  Possible North Korea defectors may be occupants of skeleton-filled ghost ship found on Japan coast A skeleton-filled ghost ship carrying the remains of eight ill-fated seafarers washed ashore on Japan’s North Korean-facing coast, the Japanese Coast Guard said Monday -- days after the body of a suspected North Korean man and parts of another wrecked wooden craft were discovered on a Japanese island. The grisly find could be evidence of desperate defectors trying a new route to freedom after despot Kim Jong Un has clamped down on those fleeing the Hermit Kingdom this year.A Japanese resident spotted the 22-foot wooden boat Friday floating in Miyazawa Beach in Oga, Akita Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan, Japan Times reported.

Japanese authorities are to inspect a decrepit boat carrying 10 men identifying as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off Japan 's northern island of Hokkaido, a latest in a wave of boats washing up on northern Japanese coasts. Credit: Iori Sagisawa/Kyodo News via AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities on Thursday inspected a decrepit boat with 10 men aboard identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off the northern island of Hokkaido. Coast guard officials said they boarded the wooden boat and started inspection after towing it to a

It's unclear if people aboard those boats that drift near Japanese shores each year intend to defect or are simply unable to make their way back in unseaworthy wooden vessels. Officials say the boats are frequently pushed toward Japan during winter due to a seasonal wind.

In Akita on Monday, officials found eight bodies inside a ragged wooden boat believed to be from North Korea after it washed up on the beach. Last week, a group of eight men who say they are from North Korea washed ashore and are being investigated. Authorities said they were not asylum seekers and had expressed wish to return home.

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