Japan Releases Video of N. Korean Fishing Boat Collision


Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday released a video showing a recent collision between a Fisheries Agency patrol ship and a North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan.

The video, available on the agency's website, is aimed at reinforcing Japan's claims about the incident, in which the North Korean boat sank. The release is likely to provoke a backlash from Pyongyang.

The government released the video so that "people understand that our patrol operations were conducted appropriately," Takashi Koya, director-general of the agency's Resources Management Department, told a press conference.

The 13-minute video was edited from four-hour footage of the incident, which occurred around the Yamatotai area, rich fishing grounds, within Japan's exclusive economic zone off the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on Oct. 7.

In a nearly-five-minute scene in the video, the Japanese ship sprayed water on the North Korean boat as it showed no signs of leaving the Japanese EEZ. The North Korean boat then came close to the Japanese ship's starboard side, and they eventually crashed.

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