North Korean Fishing Boat’s Crew Rescued After Colliding with Japanese Ship

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Japan rescued about 60 North Korean crew members from a fishing boat that sank after it collided with a Japanese patrol boat that was chasing it out of Japanese waters, the Japan Coast Guard said on Monday. All the crew members that abandoned the fishing boat were rescued and handed over to another North Korean ship, the Coast … [Read more...]

Japan’s K-Line Convicted Of Cartel Conduct By Australian Court

by Niyati Shetty (Reuters) Japanese shipping firm Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (K-Line) was convicted of criminal cartel conduct and ordered to pay a A$34.5 million ($23.50 million) fine by a federal court, Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday. K-Line’s fine is the largest ever criminal penalty imposed under the Competition and Consumer Act, according to the … [Read more...]

Japan Will Not Send Warships To Strait of Hormuz

by Tim Kelly (Reuters) - Japan will not send warships to join a U.S.-led maritime force to guard oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz fearing a military response from Iran, but it may send patrol aircraft, said the Mainichi newspaper, citing unidentified government sources. But Japan may send warships independently to protect Japanese ships in the world’s most important oil … [Read more...]

Japanese, South Korean Trawlers Collide in Sea of Japan

TOKYO/SEOUL, Nov 15 (Reuters) - A South Korean trawler and a Japanese fishing boat collided in the Sea of Japan on Thursday about 330 km (205 miles) northeast of an island claimed by both countries, officials said. Part of the 48-tonne South Korean trawler was submerged after the collision, which occurred at 9:38 a.m. local time (0038 GMT), a South Korean Coast Guard … [Read more...]

Japan Takes South Korea to WTO Over Financial Support for Shipbuilders

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Japan has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to contest what it says is illegal financial support given by South Korea to commercial shipbuilders, according to a WTO filing published on Tuesday. "The measures in question relate to the development, production, marketing, and/or sale or purchase of commercial vessels, … [Read more...]