On 30th April, NK News published a podcast interview in which filmmaker Nicholas Ahlmark discusses his new documentary about the strange phenomenon where dozens of North Korean fishing vessels reach the west coast of Japan, Russia, and sometimes South Korea everywhere without a crew.  If there are people on board, they are often dead, emaciated, or, in one exceptional case, beheaded.  This is usually at the end of the year, at the end of the squid fishing season.  It seems down to, more or less, “natural” causes (except perhaps the vessel with a crew of headless corpses…).


The video is on Channel News Asia at –


Other episodes in the compelling “Undercover Asia” video series include one involving exclusive access to one of the world’s most notorious passport forgers, as he speaks to us from inside the prison walls in Thailand; and another telling the story that every year, nearly 100,000 Japanese vanish without a trace. They are known as johatsu, or “evaporated people”.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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