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KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) The Japan Coast Guard plans to arrest the president of a shipping firm for allegedly exporting a used fishing vessel to South Korea without obtaining approval from the trade minister, officials said Monday.

The ship, which was registered with a fisheries cooperative association in Hyogo Prefecture, bears the same name as one of the two North Korean ships that intruded into Japanese waters in March 1999 and escaped pursuit, they said.

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