Russia holds Japan whaling research vessel


TOKYO: A Japanese whaling vessel and its crew were being held in Russia on Friday after the ship entered Russian territorial waters without permission, Tokyo said. The 712-tonne Shonan-maru No.2 was ordered into a Russian port on August 15 after sailing through the Sea of Okhotsk off Sakhalin island, an official from Japan’s Fisheries Agency said. The vessel, which does not catch whales but monitors the oceans for signs of the creatures, had 19 Japanese crew and one Russian observer on board.



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