Japan to Release Video of N. Korea Fishing Ship Collision

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to release video footage of a collision between a North Korean fishing ship and a Japanese patrol vessel in Japan's exclusive economic zone earlier this week, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.

"The government is considering a plan to release" the video footage, Suga said at a press conference. When the video will be made public has not been decided yet, according to Suga.

With the video release, the government apparently aims to highlight the legitimacy of surveillance activities by the patrol vessel, analysts said.

A senior government official initially refused to release the video, saying that the footage may reveal Japan's surveillance strategy.

But the policy drew criticism even from members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, after a similar case in which the Democratic Party of Japan-led government refused to disclose video footage of a collision between a Chinese ship and Japan Coast Guard vessels off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture in 2010.

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