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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Sink Another Japanese Boat

TOKYO -- A Russian border patrol vessel sank a Japanese fishing boat and seized its crew in disputed waters off northern Japan, Japanese officials said Wednesday.


Russia notified Japan's Maritime Safety Agency that the boat was sunk near the Kuril Islands late Tuesday, agency officials said.


Russia said the vessel was violating its territorial waters near the Russian-administered but Japanese-claimed island of Shikotan.


The Kuril Islands are 80 kilometers from Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, agency official Tejiro Oura said.