• Kyodo


The Yokohama District Court sentenced a Chinese fishing boat captain to 18 months in prison, but suspended for five years, for poaching coral in Japanese territorial waters.

Xu Yizhong, 39, was also fined ¥4 million ($33,000) for illegally collecting precious red coral last Oct. 5 about 14 km off Chichijima, the biggest island in the Ogasawara chain about 1,000 km south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean.

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