Eight bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of another North Korean 'ghost ship' after the vessel washed ashore in central Japan.
Pictures show the flat-bottomed fishing vessel capsized on the beach in Kanazawa, central Japan.
A badge depicting former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was found in the wreckage, according to Japanese television.
The number of North Korean fishing vessels washing up on Japan's coast hit a record 104 cases last year, following 66 in 2016.
Eight bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a North Korean 'ghost ship' (pictured) after the vessel washed ashore in central Japan
Footage showed the flat-bottomed fishing vessel capsized on the beach in Kanazawa, central Japan
Coastguard rescuers found the corpses of seven men inside the wreckage last week, senior police official Hiroshi Abe told AFP.
The badly decomposed remains of another man were discovered around 50ft from the boat, added Abe.
'It is difficult to identify the bodies as they had begun to decompose,' he said, noting that rough seas had prevented officials from investigating the boat thoroughly.
'We spotted a tobacco box which carries some Korean letters, but we can't