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North Korean 'ghost ship' arrivals in Japan hit record 99

Most boats fishing illegally; Japanese industry demanding crackdown

A North Korean wooden boat is towed into the port of Hakodate by a Japan Coast Guard patrol ship in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Dec. 9, after it washed up on Matsumae Kojima, a remote inhabited island.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Suspicious wooden boats, apparently from North Korea, drifting near or washing up on the Japanese west coast have reached a record of 99 so far this year, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

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