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A wooden boat is aground on the rocks in Tsuruoka, in northern Japan. The Japanese coast guard said a Japanese fishing boat picked up a male body floating off the coast nearby and two more bodies washed up on a beach an hour and half later. Twenty-eight of the vessels, dubbed "ghost boats," were detected in November, up from just four in November last year. (Kyodo News via AP) (AP). Three more empty boats were found along Japan’s west coast on Thursday, a day when the snow and the rain made sure the temperature never really rose above freezing. Two bodies reduced to skeletons were found near one, which was upturned on the shore near the city of Oga. Another, much bigger boat, was found not... Full story

7 December