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The collision between a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer and a South Korean containership Tuesday in the Kammon Strait may have been caused by wrong guidance given by a radar traffic controller minutes before the clash, the Japan Coast Guard said Wednesday.

In the difficult narrow strait separating Kyushu and Honshu, vessels are required to keep to the right as per international navigation rules. But the traffic controller at the JCG’s Kammon Strait Maritime Traffic Center in Kitakyushu guided the freighter to the left in order to pass another ship, the JCG said.

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