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2006-08-30 11:19:17

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia returned to Japan on Wednesday two sailors whose detention off its far eastern coast had strained relations between the two countries. Russia repeated its warning to Japanese boats not to fish in what it considers its territorial waters. Coastguards killed one crew member on the boat when trying to seize it on August 16 for poaching. The captain and two surviving crew members were detained. After two weeks of diplomatic talks Russia handed over the two crew...

2006-08-18 03:42:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has urged Russia to release the three remaining crew members of a fishing boat seized after a Russian patrol boat fired on their vessel and a Japanese fisherman died, a foreign ministry official said on Friday. The death of the fisherman in Wednesday's incident, which took place east of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, is thought to be the first fatality for 50 years in a territorial dispute dating back to the end of World War Two. A foreign...

2006-08-16 02:50:23

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese fisherman died after a Russian patrol boat fired on a fishing boat on Wednesday, Japanese officials said, prompting Tokyo to protest what appeared to be the first fatality for 50 years in a territorial dispute. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it had demanded the immediate release of the crabbing craft and its three other crew members, who were seized east of Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido. About a dozen right-wing protesters...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'