On March 18, the Fisheries Agency released a video of a collision with a North Korean fishing boat that occurred on the 7th in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Sea of Japan.
The video is a compilation of the situation before and after the collision in about 13 minutes. It starts with the voice of "Because I don't follow the eviction warning, I will start shooting". In addition to the North Korean national flag mark, you can also see things like fishlights and nets on fishing boats. As soon as the fisheries enforcement boat of the Fisheries Agency approached from behind and started to discharge water, the fishing boat collided with the enforcement vessel from the left side. The fishing boat gradually leaned to the left and sank. The patrol boat rescued them by throwing life jackets to the drifting crew. After that, the video ended with the scene of changing to another North Korean fishing boat.
Initially, the government was cautious about releasing the video because it had an impact on the investigation, but there was a voice from the ruling and opposition parties asking for the release of the video. The video will also be released on the website of the Fisheries Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. (Noriyuki Kaneda)