Japanese Fishing Boat Seized By Russia Returns

Japanese fishing boat seized by Russia returns

A Japanese crab fishing boat, which was seized by Russia, has returned to Japan.

The No.68 Nishino-maru arrived at the port of Sakai in Tottori Prefecture on Sunday morning. There were 10 crew members on board.

In January, Russian officials, who suspected that the boat was fishing illegally in the Sea of Japan, seized the vessel.

It was brought to the port of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East and kept there until it was released on Thursday.

The boat's operator paid the equivalent of about 580,000 dollars for its release. That's the amount the Russians say the ship's illegal fishing activities caused in damages.

The vessel belongs to a crab fishing cooperative in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan.

The captain Hideji Kagami apologized for the trouble caused by the boat's seizure. He said that he's relieved to be back after being away for a long time.