Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Mar 3, 2014

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Three crew members of a tuna boat were confirmed dead Monday after their trawler caught fire in the Pacific on Sunday, Coast Guard officials said. The three, found earlier in the day, were identified as skipper Naohiro Matsuoka, 66, and chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, ...

Aug 4, 2013

Korean fishing boat skipper arrested

The Japan Coast Guard has arrested the captain of a South Korean fishing boat that ignored an order to stop for inspection in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the coast guard said Sunday. Im Chae-moon, 57, was arrested at around 6:10 p.m. Saturday in waters ...

Next Coast Guard chief to come up from ranks

Jul 18, 2013

Next Coast Guard chief to come up from ranks

by Reiji Yoshida

Yuji Sato, the Japan Coast Guard’s vice commandant of operations, will soon be promoted to commandant, becoming the first officer from within the Coast Guard to hold the top post, a government source said Thursday. Until now, the commandant has always been a civilian ...

Freighter may have hit missing skipper's trawler

Jun 26, 2013

Freighter may have hit missing skipper's trawler

The Japan Coast Guard inspected a foreign-flagged car-carrier ship Tuesday suspected of involvement in a collision in the Pacific off Miyagi Prefecture in which a tuna boat capsized and its captain is listed as missing, officials said. The 19-ton tuna trawler Yujin Maru No. ...

Senkaku showdown taxing forces

Feb 22, 2013

Senkaku showdown taxing forces

by Mizuho Aoki and Ayako Mie

The past few months have put the Japan Coast Guard and Air Self-Defense Force to the test, as they defend the nation’s territorial waters and airspace around the Senkaku islets in the East China Sea, a flash point for potential military clashes with China. ...