About 100 Chinese fishing boats suspected of poaching coral were headed back to the waters off the Ogasawara Islands on Friday morning after sheltering from a passing typhoon, a Japan Coast Guard spokesman said in Tokyo.

But about 100 boats apparently engaged in similar theft near the Izu Islands had dispersed as the typhoon approached, the spokesman said.

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