Why they are washing up on Japan’s shores:
‘Japanese police discovered another “ghost ship” washed up on its shores in mid-January. On the heels of 104 such ships in 2017, this wooden ship carried the corpses of seven men as it came ashore in the Ishikawa prefecture.
The men were carried badges with the likenesses of the North Korean leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung. The fleet of vessels as a whole is from North Korea, with people driven to undertake a very dangerous journey on turbulent seas….
Jeffrey Kingston from Temple University in Japan called the ghost ships “ “a barometer for the state of living conditions in North Korea — grim and desperate.” …’
Via Big Think