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Japanese submarine's radio knocked out in crash with commercial ship

Only minor injuries reported, but damaged sub had to phone in crash report

The Soryu is the lead ship of the Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarines. (Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force via Kyodo)

TOKYO -- A submarine from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force collided with a civilian commercial ship, slightly injuring three on the sub, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Monday.

The accident occurred at around 10:58 a.m. that day in the Pacific Ocean roughly 50 km from Cape Ashizuri in southwestern Japan.

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