National Sep 1, 2015

Russia-seized salmon boat to be returned today

A Japanese salmon boat and its 11 crew members seized by Russian authorities July 17 for alleged illegal fishing will return home Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry's Sakhalin office also confirmed its planned return on Tuesday. A local court ...

National Aug 13, 2014

Hong Kong blocks Senkakus-bound boat carrying isle sovereignty advocates

Hong Kong maritime authorities on Tuesday blocked the navigation of a fishing boat carrying a dozen people, including Hong Kong-based activists, asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands after it left a local port, an official said. According to the authorities, the fishing boat ...

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

National Mar 3, 2014

Three crewmen die after trawler fire off Kochi

Three crew members of a tuna boat were confirmed dead Monday after their trawler caught fire in the Pacific on Sunday, Coast Guard officials said. The three, found earlier in the day, were identified as skipper Naohiro Matsuoka, 66, and chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, 54, ...

Anglers hurt in collision with MSDF

National Jan 15, 2014

Anglers hurt in collision with MSDF

A sports fishing boat capsized and sank Wednesday morning after colliding with a Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship in the Seto Inland Sea off Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, leaving two of the four men on board the leisure craft in critical condition, the Defense Ministry ...

National / Crime & Legal Aug 4, 2013

Korean fishing boat skipper arrested

The Japan Coast Guard has arrested the captain of a South Korean fishing boat that ignored an order to stop for inspection in Japan's exclusive economic zone, the coast guard said Sunday. Im Chae-moon, 57, was arrested at around 6:10 p.m. Saturday in waters off ...

Tohoku boat found in Sea of Japan

National Aug 4, 2013

Tohoku boat found in Sea of Japan

A fishing boat from tsunami-ravaged Kesennuma is found on the other side of Honshu in the Sea of Japan after apparently circulating across the Pacific and back.