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Body possibly of woman from sunken tour boat found on disputed isle

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Very sad.

In light of current world events let’s hope the Japanese and Russian authorities can work together amicably on this to assist families of the victims with their closure.

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The Russian authorities offered assistance from the start and this article shows all sides are co-operating. Even in war, people are still human and grief is the same for all who have lost someone tragically

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The body of a woman who may be

Journalism is supposed to deal in facts. Who, what, how, where, when. Not mabyes

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Journalism is supposed to deal in facts. Who, what, how, where, when. Not mabyes

They are dealing in facts. A woman’s body was found. Fact. The Coast Guard has contacted relatives of those missing, something they would be unlikely to do if they did not believe the body was that of a victim. Fact. The body was found in an area consistent with where a victim of the sinking might have been found. Fact. Etc etc.

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Good to see Russian sailors lived up to the reputation and general spirit of the sea and offered assistance, as was offered to them by others when their submarine sank some years ago. It's what sailors do.

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Why has there been radio silence about the case against the douche bag owner of the company! This tragedy should never have happened in the first place except for him! But this questionable human being will obviously get off with a slap on the wrist when family’s who have lost loved ones like in this instance will be pushed to the side and forgotten!! So wrong! So sad!

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The 6th paragraph is all messed up in this article.

I hope they correct it.

The unidentified bodys possible family members have bin contacted.

Tragic and sad .

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What I would like to know is why the Japanese coast guard is not able to dive and or recover the ship. Why are they paying over 8 million US dollars to a salvage company to do the work. Is this not what the coast guard trains for? Also, who is on the hook for this large bill?

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Furukamappu, known as Yuzhno-Kurilsk in Russia

Let's rewrite that: "Furukamappu, as it's know by the Japanese government, or Yuzhno-Kurilsk, as the rest of the world calls it."

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I have been solemnly assured by my students that Russia would never help even if they found bodies, because they hate Japan and stole our islands and did terrible things after the war to Japanese in Manchuria. I told them I was pretty sure the Russians in the Southern Kuriles would be happy to help in any way they can. It's not hard took like a genius here when you're arguing against decades of brainwashing and prejudice.

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What I would like to know is why the Japanese coast guard is not able to dive and or recover the ship. Why are they paying over 8 million US dollars to a salvage company to do the work. Is this not what the coast guard trains for? Also, who is on the hook for this large bill?

The search would have to be conducted inside Russian territorial waters. This requires the permission of the Russian government which is under no legal obligation to permit it. Basic humanity argues the Russians should facilitate the search, but should the Japan Coast Guard enter Russian waters without explicit permission from the Russian government the Russians would have every right to sink the Japanese ships, or arrest and detain them.

One aside, we have no way to know if the Russians have anything of military interest on the sea bed there. There could be hydrophones for detecting subs or swimmer teams. Or ??? Who knows? The Russians would not want a rescue team poking around looking for bodies and in the process finding military secrets. Remember when the Kursk sank initially the Russians were loathe to let western rescue teams help, for similar reasons. They feared the rescue was a cover for an intel op. This is how countries think. If we let the Japanese operate ROVs and the like inside our territorial waters without permission this time, how about the next time? It sets a precedent.

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