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The bodies were decomposed and “partially skeletonized,” the coast guard said. Apparently two bodies were found headless and one of the boats even carried the skulls of six sailors.
It is unclear where these boats — which reportedly started to show up in October — came from, but the Japanese coast guard believes they hail from North Korea.
One of three boats found in Wajima on Nov. 20 reportedly carried 10 decomposing bodies and bore on the boat’s hull Korean lettering that stated “Korean People’s Army,” the coast guard said.
Japanese news outlet NHK reports that a piece of cloth appearing to be part of the North Korean flag was found on one of the mysterious boats.
Experts told CNN the boats are likely from North Korea.
“There’s no doubt that these boats are North Korean,” John Nilsson-Wright, head of the Chatham House policy institute’s Asia program, told CNN.
Upon seeing pictures of the boats, he said its lettering — appearing to either be Korean or Hangul — and the “primitive” nature of the boats were enough to make a good assumption that the boats are probably from North Korea.
An expert told NHK that the boats are similar to ones used by North Korean defectors.
A spokesman for the Coast Guard confirmed that words in "hangul" were identified on some of the boats - one bore the characters for Korean People's Army No. 325 in red - and most were carrying fishing equipment.
One of the most recent discoveries was off the port of Wajima, on Japan's northern coast. The 40-foot wooden boat contained 10 decomposing bodies, nets and fishing gear.
The port is about 530 miles from the east coast of the Korean peninsula.
originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
I think they were defectors that were caught by NK patrols, murdered and or beheaded and set a drift
IMHO that seems like the most likely scenario
Im sure they figured they would end up in South Korea and make a good example of what happens when you try to defect