North Korean "Ghost Ship" Arrivals In Japan Surge

Large numbers of North Korean fishing boats are washing up along the Japanese coast, some of which have contained decaying corpses.

Winds and water currents push dozens of boats onto Japan's northern coasts annually. Rickety North Korean fishing boats are particularly vulnerable because they lack the sturdiness and equipment to return home.



But the alarming pace over the past few weeks has prompted Japanese authorities to step up patrols.

In November of this year alone, 28 of the so-called "ghost ships" were discovered by Japanese authorities with 42 people who claim to be fishermen found alive.

18 bodies have also been recovered so far.

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, the grim discoveries suggest that the situation in North Korea is becoming desperate with sanctions and food shortages likely driving fishermen further out to sea to secure bigger catches.

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So far this year, 64 "ghost ships" have washed up along the Japanese coast and last year, the number was 66. 2013 was a particularly bad year with 80 vessels discovered by Japanese authorities.


greenskeeper carl dirty fingernails Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:21 Permalink

Ya, 64 ships when last year was 66. Isn't it December? I suppose its certainly possible they hit 70, but this looks like a more or less average year. Im sure they'd have already been liberated if it wasn't for the whole 'nuclear weapons' thing. But, his ability to flatten SK'd capital, one of the highest population cities in the world, has existed for decades, which is another deterrent other regime changed despots of recent history haven't had. One thing that proves how captured and dishonest our media has become is the fact that no one ever mentions that his ability to launch a nuke is the ONLY thing that keeps him safe. Or that the reason he won't give up his nuclear program is that when others gave in to US demands to dismantle theirs, they were getting ousted and executed in short order. Even with a liberal media that hates trump, not even they will mention the futility of it all.

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wisehiney Wed, 12/06/2017 - 23:41 Permalink Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco BayRolled off of their ship, and here's what they had to say"We're callin' everyone to ride along to another shoreWe can laugh our lives away and be free once more"But no one heard them callin', no one came at allCause they were too busy watchin' those old raindrops fallAs a storm was blowin' out on the peaceful seaSeventy-three men sailed off to historyRide, captain ride upon your mystery shipBe amazed at the friends you have here on your tripRide captain ride upon your mystery shipOn your way to a world that others might have missedSeventy-three men sailed up from the San Francisco BayRolled off of their ship, and here's what they had to say"We're callin' everyone to ride along to another shoreWe can laugh our lives away and be free once more"But no one heard them callin', no one came at allCause they were too busy watchin' those old raindrops fallAs a storm was blowin' out on the peaceful seaSeventy-three men sailed off to history (thanks blues image)

NoDebt Wed, 12/06/2017 - 23:43 Permalink

If they were Muslims and their boats had washed up on the shores of Southern Europe they would be taken in, provided with all the wonderful socialist benefits that Europe can provide and asked (politely, of course) not to rape any white women.- Gatestone Institute

MusicIsYou Wed, 12/06/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

Haha just wait until a ghost ship arrives with a hydrogen bomb on it. Haha "Oh look they love and want to come to Japan" Kaboom! There's only one way to fix the arrogant, blow them off the map. - Sun Tzu.

MusicIsYou Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:14 Permalink

If I was a dictator I'd engineer manufactured defectors and send them to your shores loaded with bioweapons. And I'd send defectors with a hydrogen bomb in the ships hull.

Ms No Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:24 Permalink

Living in countries that wont kneel to globalism is a tough life full of various punishments and things being withheld.  One side gets to live a higher standard of living and the other gets a chance to keep their honor.  It appears no nation gets both.  Look how much Russia has suffered and still do. 

MusicIsYou Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:34 Permalink

Hopefully Kim doesn't even think a little bit like me or you're fcked. I'd have those ghost ships deploying nukes off Japan's coast just waiting detonation commands.

Vageling MusicIsYou Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:13 Permalink

Well... We round eyes did educate him as it turns out this guy was hanging out it Neutral land (Switzerland) getting education. So don't be surprised if we got funny ideas in his head. It explains one and the other about the dear chubby one and his western fetish. And this guy will easily find proper tools to do so. But sometimes I wonder if Kimmy boy is just a sockpuppet. He doesn't say much. Most bullshit is some article in their stagepropaganda. You know, not even the supreme chubby one says.. No the DPRK says... Don't see this guy much on TeeVee either making statements. Just some pictures of him smiling, smoking, hugging his generals. Oh, and the occasional picture of the dear chubby one being adored by the Nork peasants. What's up with that? Who runs that show down there? 

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Vageling Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:02 Permalink

At least somebody is interested in some fukashima two headed fish with 6 eyes. But hey, let's not talk about that. Crappy ships that drift. Yeah, what a fucking invasion! 64 of them? "Ohw muh gawd!" Seen what washes up on European shores? (Hint: you better have a Nork than a sand flea) And it's not the fish they're interested in. You [Japan] need to hunt some more people to get a new record it seems. That's still 16 short to even maintain the old one. And these guys [Japanese Coast Guard] now actively look for these guys. I'm sure North Korea would trade, but... Yeah, kinda hard when you're being isolated, no? And these guys are not really friendly with each other. The humanitarian angle... Yeah, I heard that lately alot. Da Chilrun! What happend to that food the South would send? Don't tell me that supreme chubby leader gobbled it all up himself. He's not fat enough for that. Life's a bitch. Some hungry guys got lost due to poor gear. Invasion my ass. But did they ask asylum? Or is that the scoop that's missing?

MusicIsYou Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:02 Permalink

I really don't like having to be the harbinger of reality but the fact is most NATO generals don't actually know how to think in the way of strategizing to obliterate an enemy because for decades NATO has only fought wars of financial gain. Their minds revolve around corporate profit and pleasing investors. You could never win against a nation fighting for their survival you paper tigers you. It's a bunch of Bill Gates with stars on their shoulders.

any_mouse Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:54 Permalink

No comparison to Black on Black murder rates in black communities across the USA.

Interesting. The Japanese think they are trying catch fish and take them back to DPRK.

These are the DPRK version of Cubanos on makeshift rafts drifting towards Miami.

Maybe a Soros funded NGO can get interested in picking them up closer to DPRK waters.

lakecity55 Thu, 12/07/2017 - 06:26 Permalink

Getting desperate for food.The latest Nork Soldier to defect had worms and hepatitis.The Plan is working to effect. Soon, Kim will have to launch, then it's off to the races."Ha! Amelicans want to stav Kim, Kim no need False Fag. US had Bath House, I have No Dong! Launch, lowly locket men! We see how Dotard can feed Amelicans with no Rectricity!""Your mission, CAPT Trump, is to proceed up the Nung River and terminate COL Kim's command.""...with extreme juche."

RedBaron616 Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:01 Permalink

I read another story somewhere that North Korea sold the fishing rights on the western coast, which is where the fishermen used to fish. Since they can't fish there now, they are on the eastern coast and, as this story states, the currents and winds are too much for these boats.