[Ed. – It does sound like they’re from North Korea. But why they’re full of dead bodies is still a mystery.]
A fleet of 11 ghost ships containing the rotting remains of sailors has washed up on the Japanese coastline, sparking an investigation in the country. …
Rescuers told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the bodies of at least 20 sailors were ‘badly decomposed’ and ‘skeleton-like’.
Four of the ships washed up in early November, and seven more have been spotted in recent weeks drifting in the Sea of Japan.
The most recent, discovered on Tuesday, was found off the coast of Fukui, some 250 miles north of Tokyo.
It has been impossible to identify the bodies and authorities have no idea where they might have come from. …
Some believe that the vessels are fishing boats from North Korea, as the nation is trying to expand its fishing industry to boost harvests.