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KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) The Japan Coast Guard arrested the president of a Japanese shipping firm Tuesday on suspicion of illegally exporting a used fishing vessel to South Korea last year that may have had a connection with North Korean agents.

Arrested was Yoji Kishimoto, 64, president of Matsushima Kaiun, based in the city of Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, coast guard officials said. In 2001, he was convicted of illegally selling another boat to South Korea that ended up in the North.

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