A fishery cooperative in Hokkaido said the boat was operating within 200 nautical miles of the disputed islands to catch codfish when it was seized

Kunashiri island, one of four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, is known as the Northern Territories in Japan, and Southern Kuriles in Russia

Russian authorities on Wednesday seized a Japanese fishing boat with six crew members aboard in waters off Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands, the Hokkaido government said.

Six fishermen were on the vessel, which had been operating within 200 nautical miles of the disputed islands to catch codfish when it was seized, said an official at Habomai fishermen’s cooperative association in Hokkaido.

The boat was inspected by Russian border guards and taken to a port at Kunashiri island, Kyodo news agency and public broadcaster NHK reported.

Kunashiri island is one of the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido, which

calls the Northern Territories, known as the Southern Kuriles in


There was no immediate comment from Russian authorities.

The seizure of the Japanese vessel came after Russia last month released five Japanese fishing boats detained near Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.


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