Defense Minister's Remarks

Statement by Defense Minister Ishiba after the Collision between MSDF DDG "Atago" and "Seitoku Maru" (February 19, 2008)

19 February 19 2008.

Today, on 19 February 2008, at 4:07 a.m., MSDF DDG "Atago" and a fishing boat "Seitoku Maru" collided off the coast of Nojimazaki Cape at the Boso Peninsula.

At the press conference held after this collision, Defense Minister Ishiba stated, "It is extremely regrettable that this accident took place. We will maximize our efforts for search-and-rescue of the crew of the fishing boat. We also have to undertake an investigation to determine the cause of the accident in an expeditious manner."

(For the full and original text of the press conference, please refer to the Japanese version.)