Dead Bodies in Mystery Boats Wash Up in Japan
At least 11 damaged wooden boats carrying bodies drifted into seas near Japan over the past month, Japanese Coast Guard officials say.
Most of the boats had fishing equipment, nets and signs containing words in Korean, the Associated Press reported. One boat carried a North Korean People's Army sign.
Japan's Coast Guard spokesman, Yoshiaki Hiroto, would not confirm the boats came from North Korea, according to the Associated Press. He said the wrecked boats are apparently from the Korean Peninsula.
He also said the small boats the Japanese Coast Guard discovered are not typical of boats used in South Korea.
What did officials find?
Japanese officials say dozens of damaged boats drift toward Japan every year. On November 20, officials found four bodies in two capsized, or overturned, boats. They were off the coast of Ishikawa prefecture, Japanese officials said.
Two days later, seven bodies were found inside another wooden boat off the Fukui prefecture.
Many of the bodies are in such bad shape that it has been impossible to determine the cause of death, Japanese officials said. They said some of the wrecked boats were used for fishing, and that some fishermen may have been trying to defect to Japan.
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1.wash up 盥洗；洗漱
It' s his turn to wash up but he' ll try and duck out of it.
轮到他刷锅洗碗, 他却想法儿逃避 。
2.fishing equipment 捕鱼设备
Coast guard says they found fishing equipment on the Chinese boat, along with fish that had just been caught.
3.wrecked boat 失事船只
The rescue team soon found the wrecked boat.
4.drift toward 移向；投靠
Political conservatives fear a drift toward communism in Latin america.
1.Japanese officials say dozens of damaged boats drift toward Japan every year. On November 20, officials found four bodies in two capsized, or overturned, boats.
dozens of 几十个；许多的
The tornado claimed dozens of lives.
In the East dozens of cities sprang into being.
2.Many of the bodies are in such bad shape that it has been impossible to determine the cause of death, Japanese officials said.
the cause of death 死因，按照，在...方面
It is concluded that the cause of death in this case was botulism rather than hepatocirrhosis.
An autopsy was needed to ascertain the cause of his death.
据美联社报道，这些船大多为渔船，船上除了捕鱼设施，例如渔网外还发现了一些韩文标志 。其中一艘船身就印有“朝鲜人民军”的字眼 。
美联社报道称，日本海上保安厅发言人Yoshiaki Hiroto不确信这些“幽灵船”是否来自朝鲜，但有一点可以确信的是这些失事船只来自朝鲜半岛 。
据日本官员称，每年都会有几十艘废弃的旧船漂至日本 。今年的11月20号，日本官员就在两艘倾覆的弃船中发现4具腐烂的尸体 。这两艘船漂至日本的石川县 。
日本官员称，这些尸体已高度腐烂，难以辨别死因 。这些弃船之前都是渔船，可能船上的渔民想要逃到日本 。