Ghost ships in Japan

Monday, 1 May 2017

Defectors and experts say fishing boats under the command of the Korean People’s Army may have succumbed under pressure from leader Kim Jong Un to catch more fish, drifting off course and ill-equipped for rough seas. TV images of some of the boats showed relatively large but otherwise primitive-looking motorized craft. The coast guard said they did not have GPS navigation systems. Those aboard could have died of starvation and exposure to the cold after getting lost.

Sounds extreme, makes sense when you consider this:

“Army units and security agencies are running many businesses to earn foreign currency, from mining gold to catching fish on the west and east coasts,” said Lee.