Four abandoned small wooden boats were found washed ashore off Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido over the weekend. Japan Coast Guard officials said there was no one on any of the boats which are believed to have come from North Korea.
On Sunday morning, one boat was found drifting 500 meters off Kurosake Port in Fukaya, Aomori Prefecture, Fuji TV reported. The boat had Hangul characters on it. On Sunday afternoon, another wooden boat was found off the coast off Wakanai, Hokkaido.
The Japan Coast Guard said two other wooden boats had been spotted off Rebun Island and Obira, Hokkaido. There was no trace of crew members on any of the boats, the coast guard said.
The latest discoveries are the ninth time this year that boats believed to have come from North Korea have been found off the coast of Japan.© Japan Today