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The mobile phone belonging to the captain of a tour boat that sank off Hokkaido was unreachable during most of the vessel’s fateful final trip, sources familiar with the case have said, highlighting an apparent failure by the operator to properly manage its communications system.

Twelve people remained unaccounted for Sunday after the 19-ton Kazu I went missing in rough waters while sightseeing around the scenic Shiretoko Peninsula on April 23.

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