Raised Pyongyang spy ship to be displayed

Kyodo

A North Korean spy ship that sank in the East China Sea in December 2001 after a shootout with Japanese patrol vessels will be exhibited in Kagoshima on May 17 and 18 and in Tokyo in June, the Japan Coast Guard said Thursday.

The exhibit will include items found on the vessel after it was raised and taken to Japan, including some weapons, a small boat and a water scooter for landing, coast guard officials said.

The exhibition in Kagoshima will be held at the private dockyard where the ship is currently located, and the number of visitors will be limited to 3,000. Tickets can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis by sending a postcard application to the Japan Coast Guard Association’s southern Kyushu regional headquarters, the officials said.

The exhibits will be shown at the Museum of Maritime Science in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, in early June.

The spy ship sank after exchanging fire with coast guard patrol ships on Dec. 22, 2001, off Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. According to the coast guard, the crew scuttled the ship and went down with it.

Around 10 people are believed to have been on board the ship, but the bodies of only four were recovered and other human remains were found in the vessel. Three coast guard personnel were wounded in the shootout.

Prosecutors said Monday they would not charge the 10 spy ship crew members with attempted murder because they are dead.