May 31, 1987 |
A 53-ton Japanese fishing boat sank after colliding with a Maltese freighter Saturday northeast of Tokyo, and one fisherman was missing, a maritime official said.
August 25, 1988
The chief of Japan's military resigned to take responsibility for the deaths of 30 civilians killed when a submarine collided with a sport fishing vessel last month. "I presented Prime Minister (Noboru) Takeshita with a notice of resignation today, just now," Tsutomu Kawara said at a news conference. Kawara was the first Defense Agency director general in 17 years to relinquish his post in a controversy linked to the armed forces. Takeshita appointed Kichiro Tazawa, 70, to replace Kawara.
January 26, 1990 |
All 23 crew members aboard a leaking Liberian-flag freighter were plucked to safety Thursday after their vessel began sinking during rough weather, an official at Japan's Maritime Safety Agency said. An air force helicopter flew the 12 Filipino, four Chinese and five Hong Kong men and one Burmese to the western Japanese city of Kyoto from the 7,027-ton Maritime Gardenia.
June 16, 1996 |
Twenty-six sailors were reported missing after a Cyprus-registered cargo ship collided with another vessel near the Japanese island of Tsushima and then sank, news reports said. The other ship, a cargo vessel registered in Greece, safely entered the South Korean port of Pusan, Japanese radio reported. There were no injuries among the 21 crew members of the Greek ship. Most of the missing sailors were from the Philippines, the reports said.
January 11, 1997 |
An oil spill affecting hundreds of miles of scenic Japanese shoreline drifted toward seaside nuclear power plants Friday, threatening to clog vital cooling systems. Coast guard and fishing ships rushed to set up a boom around parts of the spill near the entrance to Wakasa Bay to keep the oil from the power plants ringing the bay. Officials of Kansai Electric Power Co.
May 1, 1989
Three crew members on a U.S. Navy submarine fell overboard when a wave swept over the vessel as it conducted surface operations off Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu, and two are still missing, U.S. military officials said in Tokyo. One of those who fell from the 2,145-ton vessel was picked up by the Barbel itself after a search aircraft spotted him, the officials said. His identity and condition were withheld. The identity of those missing was also withheld. A spokesman for Japan's Maritime Safety Agency said three Japanese aircraft and four vessels, including three Japanese patrol boats, have joined the hunt for the two missing men. According to Jane's Fighting Ships, the Barbel is a diesel-powered submarine commissioned in 1959 that normally carries a crew of 85.