Japan Fishing Boat Returns Home after Captivity in Russia

Society

Sakaiminato, Tottori Pref., March 3 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese fishing boat seized by a Russian patrol ship in the Sea of Japan in late January returned to its home port in Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, on Sunday.

Hideji Kagami, captain of the No. 68 Nishino Maru, told reporters after arriving at the western Japan port that he felt "relieved." He is also president of Kagami Suisan, a fishery firm in Izumo in the neighboring prefecture of Shimane that owns the crab fishing boat.

The boat was seized by the Russian vessel on Jan. 30 after leaving the port to catch red snow crabs in the sea for a week. The boat and its crew members were freed after Kagami Suisan paid cash to the Russian side. They left Nakhodka in the Russian Far East on Friday.

All 10 members were said to be healthy.

A lawyer for the company stressed that they did not catch crabs in Russia's exclusive economic zone.

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