In this photo released by Japan's Fisheries Agency, a Japanese patrol vessel sprays water at a North Korean fishing boat, right, before they collide off the northwestern coast of the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture, on Monday. Photo: Fisheries Agency via AP
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Japan considering release of video showing N Korean fishing boat collision

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Japan is weighing the release of video footage showing a collision earlier this week between a North Korean fishing vessel and a Japanese patrol ship, the top government spokesman said Friday.

"We are considering when and how to release (the video)," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference, referring to the collision Monday in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

"The video captured the scene when the collision occurred," Suga said without giving further details.

The government had been reluctant to release the video while the Japan Coast Guard was investigating the incident. But a government official said Friday, releasing it "will no longer affect the investigation."

The collision occurred at around 9:07 a.m. Monday around 350 kilometers northwest of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, near the fertile squid and fishing waters of the Yamatotai area of the Sea of Japan.

Suspecting that the North Korean vessel had been illegally fishing in the EEZ, the 1,300-ton Japanese patrol ship Okuni warned it to leave by speaker and directed water cannon at it.

The fishing vessel then collided with the patrol ship, operated by the Japanese Fisheries Agency, and sank about 20 minutes later. All of the crew, numbering as many as 60, survived and left the area on a different North Korean vessel that was nearby.

Japanese authorities did not detain the crew as they could not obtain evidence of illegal fishing, according to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has vowed "resolute" action to rein in illicit activities by foreign vessels.

Some ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers have criticized the handling of the incident as lukewarm and called for the release of the video.

Alarmed by a recent rise in illegal fishing by North Korean and Chinese vessels, local fishermen have been urging Japanese authorities to increase patrols.

The Fisheries Agency has already released some photos, including one that captured water cannon being targeted at the North Korean fishing vessel.

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There should be no "considering", and just do it! Crap like this has happened before and putting it out there for the world to see is the right thing to do.

Otherwise it makes it seems that Japan is trying to cover up something!

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Why do I assume Japan was in the "right" and NK was trying to see what they could get away with before seeing anything?

Am I biased?

Where's the NK video?

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I hope the video won't portray Japan Coast Guard as too meek, as was the case in 2010 when a leaked video shown a Chinese fishing vessel intentionally ramming a JCG ship near Senkaku, but the captain of that Chinese ship was later released without charges.

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cry me a river

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they haven't finish editing the video yet

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If 60 people on the North Korean ship were not fishing, what on earth were they doing? Surely not a cruise ship.

Why did it sink so quickly? Did the captain have orders to open the seacocks and scuttle her?

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It was reported that the J ship was damaged on the port side, but the only shots we have seen are unblemished views of the bow and starboard side. Can we see pics of the port damage area, please?

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Yes yes please show us.

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It was an old wooden boat Vs a modern steel coast guard ship. It's difficult to believe the 'collision' was an accident.

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If they do remember this: A video from a ship on the ocean has zero reference points in the back ground and its constantly bobbing up and down. In such a case it is sometimes impossible to find who hit who and who got too close. Depending on which ship the video is from, it will appear as a very different story.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Doesn't matter, Japan's response to this threat was lukewarm and will hardly impede future such incursions by North Korean fishermen.

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Time to start defending the EEZ effectively otherwise it will be overrun with violators.

"The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) is responsible for protecting the EEZ of Japan. As an island nation, dependent on maritime trade for the majority of its resources, including food and raw materials, maritime operations are a very important aspect of Japanese defense policy."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_economic_zone_of_Japan

2 ( +2 / -0 )

it will be a retouched video, right?

YES, we are all naive...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Previously to, or during the encounter, the NK vessel was being power hosed by the Japanese.

This is not conducive to safety.

Whichever way we look at it, Japan is responsible for the damage.

Also, why were the Japanese preventing the starving, ill nourished North Koreans from being able to fish-it is not as if they are going to wipe out any fishing stocks with several small fishing boats is it?

Poor moral judgement IMO....

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Also, why were the Japanese preventing the starving, ill nourished North Koreans from being able to fish-it is not as if they are going to wipe out any fishing stocks with several small fishing boats is it?

What a chop logic.

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North Korea is hiding a massive outbreak of hog flu which provides 80% of its meat. Its jumping across the border into China and feral hogs have been found dead from the flu. North Korea might need support to deal with its hog flu.

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48% of the North Korean population are suffering from malnutrition and have worms from using human waste for crop growing. The highest rate for more than a decade.

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Also, why were the Japanese preventing the starving, ill nourished North Koreans from being able to fish-it is not as if they are going to wipe out any fishing stocks with several small fishing boats is it?

> 48% of the North Korean population are suffering from malnutrition and have worms from using human waste for crop growing. The highest rate for more than a decade.

> North Korea is hiding a massive outbreak of hog flu which provides 80% of its meat. Its jumping across the border into China and feral hogs have been found dead from the flu. North Korea might need support to deal with its hog flu.

All except those ignorant and fake humanists, know Int'l community's humanitarian aids made so fat or those illegally fished stocks have not been properly handed to those starving, ill nourished people. What has been wrong ? Is it Japan's poor moral judgement? or NK's regime. Time for the entire Int'l community to justify the ultimate approach to smash those Kim's Dynasty down.

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Japan too like other countries in the region has a very serious outbreak of hog flu.

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