Incident in the Waters Surrounding the Northern Territories in which a Japanese Fishing Boat was Fired upon and Seized

August 29, 2006

  1. On the evening of August 29 (Japan time), the Russian Foreign Ministry informed the Japanese Embassy in Russia and the Sakhalin Coast Guard, FSB in Sakhalin informed the Consulate General of Japan in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk that the Russian side is ready to release two of the three crew members of the detained fishing boat No. 31 Kisshin Maru on August 30.
  2. The two crew members are Mr. Akiyoshi Kawamura and Mr. Haruki Kamiya. Unfortunately, Mr. Noboru Sakashita, the captain, and the vessel itself are unlikely to be released this time.
  3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is currently coordinating with the Russian side on the specifics of where, when, and how to receive the two crew members and other details. The Government of Japan intends to prepare for the handover of the two men with the greatest care.
  4. The Government of Japan will continue urging the Russian side to release the captain and the boat promptly.

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