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Some ships carrying skeletons are mysteriously washing ashore in Japan

Some ships carrying skeletons are mysteriously washing ashore in Japan

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Several wooden boats, some carrying skeletons, have mysteriously washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks. Authorities are still investigating where the so-called "ghost ships" came from, but experts say all signs point to North Korea. The Japanese coast guard on Thursday recovered one decrepit vessel drifting off the western coast of Matsumae town on the northern island of Hokkaido. Ten men found aboard the wooden ship identified themselves as North Koreans and said they were taking refuge at an island nearby due to rough weather. On Monday, the partially decomposed bodies of eight men were discovered on a rickety wooden boat on the coast of Japan's Akita prefecture, which faces North Korea across the Sea of Japan. The coast guard first spotted the unidentified ship Saturday, but rough s...
Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

World
US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" with military equipment bought from the US.Japan's PM Shinzo Abe meanwhile said his country could intercept missiles "if necessary".The two leaders were speaking to reporters at the close of Mr Trump's first state visit to Japan.North Korea has fired long-range ballistic missiles over Japanese territory twice in recent months.Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia tripOn Monday, while answering questions at a press conference, Mr Trump said Mr Abe was "going to purchase massive amounts of military equipment" from the US.Referencing North Korea's missiles, he said Mr Abe could "shoot them out of the sky" when he completed the purchase, which he said would provide jobs to Americans as well as "safety fo...
Typhoon causes chaos in Japan on election day

Typhoon causes chaos in Japan on election day

World
Millions have battled severe wind and rain to vote in Japan's election, as a powerful typhoon causes chaos across the country.While voting went ahead, more than 70,000 households were advised to evacuate - with 5,000 of those ordered to leave.Typhoon Lan - a category four storm - has also forced car manufacturer Toyota to suspend operations at several plants.Image:Shinzo Abe at an election rally in TokyoHundreds of flights were cancelled as the typhoon roared towards the coast, with train services disrupted in southern and western parts of Japan.Heavy rain and flood warnings have been issued to the Pacific side of the country, with winds of over 140mph and 80mm (three inches) of rain predicted per hour.Despite the bad weather, early indications showed voter turnout to be high.Image:Kim Jon...
Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program

Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program

Business
Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Japan may add SM-6 missiles to the country's future ground-based defense system to intercept missiles, Yomiuri Shimbun reported.The SM-6 missiles would be in addition to SM-3 Block 2A missiles for defense against ballistic missiles, the Japan News, a Yomiuri Simbun publication, reported. It's all part of the planned Aegis Ashore system, a product of Maryland-based Lockheed Martin.Chinese bombers flying near Japan have prompted to government to protect the island from cruise missiles, a number of government sources told the newspaper.The Japanese government hopes to get two Aegis Ashore systems online in the next six years. The systems' SM-3 Block IIA missiles are a joint project between Japan and the United States. They would compliment the SM-6 missiles by protecting the ...
Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

Technology
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years, spewing ash over nearby farms, cities and towns. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed elementary school students wearing helmets and masks Thursday on the way to their school at the foot of the Shinmoedake volcano. Residents also described hearing rumbles from the volcano and ash fell in at least four cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Street cleaners swept ash from city streets, and farmers used leaf blowers to clear the growing piles of ash from the tops of their plastic greenhouses. The volcano on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures started erupting Wednesday for the first time in six years. On Thursday, an ash plume rose 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) from the crater, the Japan Meteorological Agency ...