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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

November 27, 2017 (AM)

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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]



REPORTER: I have a question regarding the North Korean boat that was found in Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture. Do you have any new information? In addition, it has come to light that the boat disappeared. Will the disappearance interfere with the fact-finding process?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: Firstly, the eight men have consistently stated that they came from North Korea to fish and that their boat broke down and drifted ashore. I have been briefed that the relevant authorities are continuing to work together in carefully checking the facts, including questioning the men about the situation, and reviewing what they have said. Furthermore, with regard to their wooden boat, it was discovered on the morning of the 25th that the boat had vanished from its mooring location. Over the weekend a search was conducted using helicopters, ships, and other means. While the wooden boat itself was not found, wooden splinters and fishing tools that were likely on the boat have been discovered and collected in nearby waters. I have been briefed that the search and collection of floating articles will continue to be conducted today. In any event, the relevant agencies of the Government will work collectively to take appropriate responses.

REPORTER: Do you think the boat washed away somewhere due to the weather conditions or due to rough waters?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: In principle, yes we believe so, but these and other relevant matters are currently under investigation.


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