AOMORI (Kyodo) A patrol aircraft has observed drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk for the first time this winter, a command center for the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, said Monday.

The 20-km-wide, 100-km-long drift ice field was about 160 km north of Mombetsu, Hokkaido, an MSDF official said.

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