An enormous squid that wandered into a Japanese port has been guided back out to sea a week after it was spotted. The massive invertebrate, four meters in length (13 feet) was discovered at a port in the city of Toyama.
Animal rights activists insist that the international community could have done more to stop what they consider to be thinly disguised commercial whaling. Japan says it is for research purposes. Julian Ryall reports.
Japanese police are investigating eight men who have turned up on Japan's northern coast. The men are said to be from North Korea and appear to be fishermen whose vessel ran into trouble, rather than defectors.
After Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami, the receding waters pulled countless pieces of debris into the Pacific Ocean. That flotsam became "rafts" for endemic Japanese species on an unexpected 7,000-kilometer voyage.
Another boat containing dead bodies has been found floating off the coast of Northern Japan. It is the fourth vessel discovered this month and officials suspect they all originated in North Korea. Julian Ryall reports.
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