Japanese-made GPS found on N. Korean spy ship

Japanese-made GPS found on N. Korean spy ship

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Global positioning systems (GPS) found on a North Korean espionage ship that sank after a shoot-out with Japanese patrol boats in December were made by a Japanese manufacturer, the Japan Coast Guard said Sunday.

The GPS, which determines positions of ships, had been found in the ship as well as in a small boat carried aboard the ship after they were salvaged from the East China Sea seabed 390 kilometers from the island of Amami-Oshima off Kagoshima Prefecture on Sept. 11.

According to the coast guard, a Hyogo Prefecture-based manufacturer of vessel devices built both GPS units. The same manufacturer also built a radar device mounted on the spy ship. The same manufacturer’s GPS was found in a North Korean submarine caught by the South Korean military in June 1998 as well as in a submersible vessel sun by the South Korean military in December the same year.

On Sunday, the coast guard showed the media the small boat as well as a water scooter and rubber boat — both apparently used to land agents — and a ZPU2 anti-aircraft gun.
The small boat itself was equipped with radar and coated with fiber-reinforced plastic. A similar landing boat, believed to be used by North Koreans and found ashore in Mihama town, Fukui Prefecture in 1990, also had radar but was made of veneer plywood.