3 bodies found in Russia after Hokkaido boat tragedy arrive in Japan

Japan Today -- Sep 11

Three bodies recovered by Russia that are believed to be those of people missing from a tourist boat that sank off Hokkaido in April arrived in Japan on a coast guard vessel Saturday.

The bodies, discovered between May and June, were handed over to the Japan Coast Guard by Russian authorities the previous day following DNA tests conducted in Russia. The tests based on data sent from Japan showed the bodies were those of two of the passengers and a crew member of the sightseeing boat Kazu I, which sank in bad weather on April 23 leaving 15 dead and 11 missing.

The Hokkaido police will release the bodies to the victims' families after conducting further DNA tests, officials said.

The bodies are believed to be those of Akira Soyama, a 27-year-old deckhand, and a woman and man among those still unaccounted for.

One of the bodies was found in the southern part of Sakhalin and the others on Kunashiri Island. ...continue reading

Sep 11 (ANNnewsCH) - 北海道知床半島沖の観光船事故で、北方領土の国後島やサハリンで見つかり、日本側に引き渡された3人の遺体を乗せた巡視船が10日朝に小樽港に到着しました。  ...continue reading