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Russians Free Two Japanese Fishermen

From Times Wire Reports

Russian officials today released two Japanese fishermen held since their boat was seized for allegedly fishing in Russian waters in an incident where a fellow crewman was killed, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

Russian and Japanese officials met aboard a Japanese fisheries patrol boat near Kunashiri Island, the ministry’s Shunji Yamada said.

The ship’s captain, Noboru Sakashita, 59, will remain in Russian custody for the time being, he said.


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