Japanese Fishermen, Officials Enraged over N. Korea's Missile Firing

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese fishermen and officials voiced anger and anxiety over North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile on Wednesday that fell into waters where many Japanese fishing boats operate.

The North Korean missile is believed to have dropped into waters in the Japanese exclusive economic zone off the Sea of Japan coast of Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, the Japanese government said.

"Our ships were operating there until last night. It's unbearable that our main fishing area is used for missile testing," said Genji Funamoto, 65, chairman of a trawl fishing cooperative in neighboring Tottori Prefecture.

With the season of crab fishing approaching, Funamoto said angrily, "It's dangerous to secure fishing areas while North Korea launches missiles."

A 45-year-old Japan Fisheries Cooperatives official in Shimane said, "We can't choose to refrain from going fishing because we have to live."

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