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Food shortage, sanctions behind N.Korean rescues in Japan: analysts

A severe shortage of food and foreign currency as international sanctions bite are contributing to a fresh wave of North Korean "ghost ship" fishing vessels washing up in Japanese waters, analysts said. Exacerbating the phenomenon is the fact that North Korea has sold fishing rights to China in a bid to raise hard currency, forcing fishermen -- often sailing rickety vessels -- further out towards Japan in search of a catch.
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