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Ghost Ship: Japan Says Skeletons on Board Likely From NKorea

Ghost Ship: Japan Says Skeletons on Board Likely From NKorea

An unidentified boat is pictured in Oga, Akita prefecture, northern Japan Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 after being washed ashore. Japanese media reported that eight bodies, some as skeletal remains, were found on the wooden boat. (Kantaro Saki/Kyodo News via AP)

By    |   Monday, 27 November 2017 04:51 PM

A ghost ship carrying the remains of eight people came ashore on the coast of Japan that faces North Korea, the Japanese Coast Guard announced Monday. 

The 22-foot wooden boat was found Friday floating along the Sea of Japan at Miyazawa Beach in Oga, Akita Prefecture, the Japan Times reported. A cigarette pack found on the boat seems to indicate the bodies came from North Korea.

Because of the time that has passed since the men on the ghost ship died, it is proving difficult to determine how they died.

Just four days earlier, eight men who claimed to be North Koreans were found off the coast of Yurihonjo, Akita, and were rescued by Japanese Authorities, the Japan Times reported. The coast guard said it didn’t know if the two incidents were related, but the bodies on the boat found Friday had been dead for some time as they were reduced to skeletons. 

The body of another man believed to be from North Korea was found on Sado Island on Saturday, Fox News reported. Korean letters and a cigarette pack were found near the man, who was believed to have been dead for some time.

At least nine other bodies have washed up on Japan’s coast this year, and three other boats were collected on or near the coast.

Tensions between Japan and North Korea have been high in recent months, with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un threatening to launch nuclear weapons on Japan and firing a missile over a Japanese island that landed in the Pacific Ocean nearby.

About 1,000 people try to escape North Korea each year, with most of them traveling through China, according to Fox News. Conditions in North Korea are difficult because of sanctions against the country for illegal nuclear activities and threats of attack, and many people who live there need food and medical supplies. 

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