8 men found in Akita claim to be N.Koreans
NHK -- Nov 24
Police in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Akita say they have found 8 men of undetermined nationality and a wooden boat washed ashore. Police say the men claim to have come from North Korea.

Police received a report on the sighting of the men at a marina in the city of Yurihonjo late Thursday night.

Police rushed to the scene and discovered the men. They also found the vessel measuring about 20 meters long near a breakwater.

Police say they have taken the men into protective custody and that they can walk without help. Police add they have brought in an interpreter of the Korean language to obtain the men's story.

23日午後11時半ごろ、秋田県由利本荘市の海岸付近に不審者がいると近くの住民から110番があった。県警由利本荘署員が駆け付け、船舶係留施設「本荘マリーナ」で、外国のものとみられる船が漂着しているのを発見。木造船で男性8人が乗っており「北朝鮮から来た」と説明しているという。

News sources: NHK, Kyodo
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