• Kyodo News


Poor surveillance by night-duty officers and bad teamwork caused the fatal collision between a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and a fishing boat off Chiba Prefecture last year, the Defense Ministry said in a report released Friday.

The report describes a pattern of sloppy navigation by the Atago’s crew, which had been warned before about its inadequate watch performance during poor visibility.

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