Nov 24, 2017
AKITA, Japan - A boat carrying eight men claiming to be fishermen from North Korea has washed ashore in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Akita, police said Friday.
The police received a call from a resident in the city of Yurihonjo around 11:30 p.m. Thursday about suspicious men at the seaside. They later found the men on the wooden boat at a nearby marina.
The men had no life-threatening injuries and appeared to speak Korean, the police said. They have been taken into protective custody.
Hachiro Okonogi, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that the men have said they were fishing before the boat broke down and washed ashore.
In November 2015 a wooden boat drifted ashore in the city of Noshiro in Akita and skeletal remains of two men were found inside the vessel and nearby.
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