Log boat attempts to reach Okinawa from Taiwan
NHK -- Jul 08
A log boat set off from Taiwan on Sunday on a journey of more than 200 kilometers to Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

Researchers at Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science have been trying for three years to prove the theory that people migrated from Taiwan to Okinawa some 30,000 years ago. Previous attempts using a grass boat and a bamboo raft all failed.

The museum says the log boat left the east coast of Taiwan around 1:30 PM, local time, on Sunday.

The five people on the boat will use the sun and stars for navigation. They are expected to reach Yonaguni Island in 30 to 40 hours.

日本列島にどのようにしてヒトがやってきたのか、その謎を探るため5人を乗せた丸木舟が台湾を出航しました。 丸木舟は日本時間の7日午後2時半すぎ、台湾の砂浜から沖縄県与那国島に向けて出発しました。今から約3万年前の旧石器時代、ユーラシア大陸から日本列島にヒトがどのようにして渡ってきたのかを解明するための実験航海で、日本の国立科学博物館や台湾の研究者らの共同研究の一環として行われています。丸木舟には男女5人が乗っていて24時間体制でこぎ続け、実際にどのような困難があったのかなどを分析するということです。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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