A man claiming to be a North Korean citizen was found wandering around the Japanese port town of Senzaki this weekend, police told CNN.
According to a report by CNN affiliate NHK, the man traveled from North Korea across the Sea of Japan by boat, saying “the man was drenched (in water) when police took him into custody.” Officials from Yamaguchi Prefecture said the man was interviewed by police.
The man, believed to be in his twenties, told police that he left Chongjin, the capital of North Korea’s Hamgyong Province, on Friday night in a wooden boat, broadcaster NHK reported. He claimed to have jumped from the boat into the sea with a plastic container and drifted to Senzaki by Saturday morning.
The man said he was fleeing North Korea because he was being chased by police after he was caught watching South Korean videos, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.