The Russian cargo ship Amur pictured after colliding with Japanese crab fishing vessel Hokko Maru No. 8 in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, on May 26. Photo: Kyodo News via AP The Russian cargo ship Amur pictured after colliding with Japanese crab fishing vessel Hokko Maru No. 8 in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, on May 26. Photo: Kyodo News via AP
The Russian cargo ship Amur pictured after colliding with Japanese crab fishing vessel Hokko Maru No. 8 in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, on May 26. Photo: Kyodo News via AP
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‘Hostage diplomacy’? Russia’s seizure of Japanese trawler raises eyebrows as Russian arrested over fishermen’s deaths

  • Moscow’s embassy in Tokyo on Monday demanded that Japan not ‘politicise’ the incident following the arrest of a Russian sailor over the three deaths
  • Russia, in turn, has been accused by observers of ‘hostage diplomacy’ for seizing a Japanese trawler with 14 crew aboard two days after the fatal crash

Topic |   Japan
The Russian cargo ship Amur pictured after colliding with Japanese crab fishing vessel Hokko Maru No. 8 in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, on May 26. Photo: Kyodo News via AP The Russian cargo ship Amur pictured after colliding with Japanese crab fishing vessel Hokko Maru No. 8 in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, on May 26. Photo: Kyodo News via AP
The Russian cargo ship Amur pictured after colliding with Japanese crab fishing vessel Hokko Maru No. 8 in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, on May 26. Photo: Kyodo News via AP
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