Japan to step up patrol of N. Korean illegal fishing

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Japan’s fisheries ministry says it is going to step up a crackdown on illegal fishing by boats from North Korea and other countries.

There have been an increasing number of cases of foreign boats including many from North Korea fishing illegally in Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Yamatotai fishing grounds off the Noto Peninsula in the Sea of Japan.

Mkw 1aMinistry officials say they will set up a taskforce led by the Fisheries Agency chief to strengthen the crackdown on illegal fishing in the area.

They say the damage caused by illegal fishing on local fisheries is becoming serious.

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