"Ghost boats" washing up on Japanese coasts believed to be from North Korea

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Numerous wooden boats presumed to be from North Korea have washed up on the coasts of Japan.

The Associated Press reports the number of ships has increased dramatically in recent years. One-third of these 'ghost boats' touch ground on the coasts of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Some are carry dead bodies.

The North Korean boats might be traveling into farther and more dangerous waters in an attempt to reel in larger catches and increase sources of protein for the country. North Korea is struggling to provide its people with sustainable food sources.

The boats most likely cannot withstand rough seas due to their deteriorated states. Japanese coast guards say 95 boats have washed up in Japan so far this year, forcing them to increase security measures.

Last year the coast guard recorded a total of 104 "ghost boats", a total of 30 bodies and 40 live crew members.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. "Ghost boats" appearing on Japanese coast
2. Depiction of distance travelled by North korean boats to Hokkaido
3. North Korean boats fishing in rough waters
4. Japanese coast guards find "ghost boats"

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Numerous run-down boats presumed to be from North Korea have washed up on the coasts of Japan."

"The Associated Press reports the number of ships has increased dramatically in recent years. One-third of these 'ghost boats' touch ground on the coasts of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Some are carrying dead bodies."

"The North Korean boats might be travelling into farther and more dangerous waters in an attempt to reel in larger catches and increase sources of protein for the country. North Korea is struggling to provide its people with sustainable food sources."

"The boats most likely cannot withstand rough seas due to their deteriorated states. Japanese coast guards say 95 boats have washed up in Japan so far this year, forcing them to increase security measures."

SOURCES: Associated Press
https://apnews.com/7034d434b69847d9b284f718087f52c3