• Kyodo


The Japan Coast Guard said Wednesday it may demand compensation from a man who falsely reported over the weekend that several suspicious people in wet suits had landed on Enoshima Island, Kanagawa Prefecture, leading it to search a North Korean ship.

The coast guard spent more than 10 million yen on the episode, dispatching 17 vessels, launching aircraft 10 times, and mobilizing some 380 personnel. Police plan to send the man’s case to prosecutors and charge him with violating the Minor Offense Law.

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