• 10 bodies found on Japan coast opposite NKorea


    TOKYO: The badly decomposed remains of ten people have been found on Japan’s coast across the sea from North Korea, along with the wreckage of two boats, officials said Monday. The discovery comes just days after a group of eight fishermen, who said they were from North Korea, washed up on the same shore. Police said two cadavers were found in separate places on the edge of the surf on Sado island, which lies around 750 kilometers (450 miles) from North Korea across the Sea of Japan (East Sea). The bodies had begun to putrefy, and had nothing to identify them, senior local police official Hideaki Sakyo told Agence France-Presse. However, he added, there were boxes of North Korean tobacco as well as boat parts and life jackets with Korean script nearby. A wrecked wooden boat with squid-fishing equipment was also found on the coastline. Separately, coastguard officials spotted eight bodies inside a battered wooden boat off northern Akita prefecture. Dozens of North Korean fishing vessels wash up on Japan’s coast every year. Experts say some North Korean fishermen travel far out to sea in order to satisfy government mandates for bigger catches.



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