The coast guard said a Japanese fishing boat picked up a male body floating off the coast of Sakata in Yamagata prefecture and two more bodies washed up on a nearby beach an hour and a half later. The bodies were decomposed, but one had a lapel pin thought to be North Korean.
Officials are investigating if the bodies were from the severely damaged boat that washed ashore on Saturday…..
Twenty-eight of the vessels — dubbed “ghost boats” — were detected in November, up from just four in November last year.
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