It wasn’t until the eleventh sentence of this article that the writer made clear these were fishing vessels. I’d assumed they were boats of refugees trying to escape North Korea.
From another article on possible cause of death
>When boats with corpses wash ashore, Japanese officials usually try to investigate the cause of death. But as they tend to be in an advanced state of decomposition it is often impossible to determine that.
During the winter months and with little food on board, exposure and starvation are the most likely explanations for their deaths.
The wooden boats washed up are old and heavy and have neither powerful modern engines nor GPS navigation systems.
Do any of these ships successfully reach Japan without a bunch of dead people in it?
Video with auto-play on a news article... NOPE. I just want to read, thanks.
I vaguely remember seeing a report that due to sanctions on fishing, NK is sending out people with no fishing/boating experience on shitty little boats to try and still fish and profit.
But, since these people have little to no experience of the waters, they end up stranded and dying, with their shitty boats turning up on the shores of Japan. Crazy people, man.
Geeze... and I thought the Cubans were crazily desperate trying to get 90 miles to the US... It's pathetic that people have to risk their lives to get somewhere free, just because some tool of a dictator is still in power. My heart goes out to the N Koreans (And the Cubans, and every other person living in a dictatorship)