Oct 1, 2014

Chinese ship sinks off Shimane; nine reported missing

A China-registered ship sank off the coast of Shimane Prefecture Tuesday morning, leaving nine people missing while five crew members have been saved, the Japan Coast Guard said, citing a rescue request it received from Chinese authorities late Tuesday night. The Coast Guard said ...

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

Aug 19, 2014

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

A fire broke out Monday night on a fishing boat about 20 km off the coast of Otsuchi Bay, Iwate Prefecture, and two members of the crew are missing. One of the other 14 rescued members was injured. The Japan Coast Guard is searching ...

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

Apr 17, 2014

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

by Shinji Tanaka

Though tensions remain high between Japan and South Korea over territorial and historical issues, the safety of maritime transportation must be maintained irrespective of diplomatic relations, according to a Japan Coast Guard official who monitors maritime communications in the Tsushima Strait. In the strait ...

Official found dead off Kyushu

Feb 2, 2014

Official found dead off Kyushu

A member of the Cabinet Office was found dead last month in a dinghy off Kitakyushu, officials of the 7th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters said Saturday. The body of the civil servant, aged 30, was clothed in a black jacket and found with South ...