Russian authorities take 5 Japanese fishing boats to the northern territory.
A Russian official said that five fishing boats belonging to a fishery cooperative in Nemuro, Hokkaido were taken to the northern territory by the Russian border guard station on the 17th. It was clarified that the interview was started.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the like, on the 17th, eight fishing boats belonging to a fishing cooperative in Nemuro City, Hokkaido, which had been conducting octopus fishing in the waters around the Tohmu Islands in the northern territory, were inspected by the Russian border guard station. Five vessels were taken to Kunigo Island.
The five fishing boats are 2 Ochiishi fishery cooperatives in Nemuro City, 2 Nemuro fishery cooperatives, and 1 Ganbu fishery cooperative.
The Russian border guard admitted to the NHK interview that he had taken the fishing boat, saying, “There was a catch not listed in the logbook, or there was a suspicion of catch exceeding the limit”. It was.
In Kamago Island, you can see the fishing boats taken at the port of Kamafu, and the Russian side has started to listen.
On the other hand, according to the Consulate General of Japan in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in the Far East of Russia, it is said that they are collecting information, saying "I have heard that there is no problem with the health of the crew".
On top of that, he said that he “cannot accept the entrainment” and made a request to the Russian side for an early return from a humanitarian perspective.