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North Korean fishing in Japan’s economic zone drops 77%

Early patrol by coast guard ahead of squid season pays off

  • MIO SADAKATA, Nikkei staff writer
  • Asian Review

TOKYO — North Korean boats fishing illegally in a vital part of Japan’s exclusive economic zone appear to have decreased almost 80% on the year in July, after the Japan Coast Guard began issuing earlier warnings ahead of prime squid season.

Jun 4dThe Yamatotai area of the Sea of Japan, about 300 km northwest of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, offers ideal squid and crab fishing. Foreign ships are allowed to navigate in the area but not…

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