Ghost boats mystery grips Japan

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TOKYO: Mystery surrounds a fleet of ghost boats with headless skeletons or rotting corpses on board that are washing up on Japan’s shores. At least 14 weathered vessels— some badly damaged or capsized—with almost two dozen bodies have been discovered since October. Mounting evidence suggests that the rickety boats have come from isolated and impoverished North Korea. Some net users in Japan speculate the dead could have been defectors looking for escape from the intolerant regime of Kim Jong-Un, but experts say they were likely fishermen on an ill-fated, but government-mandated, search for bigger catches.

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