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Punishments considered for 50+ in Senkaku leak

Date Posted: 2010-12-23

A 43-year-old Japan Coast Guard navigator who leaked video of September’s collisions between Japan Coast Guard patrol boats and a Chinese trawler in the Senkaku Islands is one of more than 50 people that may face disciplinary action.

That officer has already submitted a letter of resignation to the Japan Coast Guard, but it has not been accepted. He may face punishment, along with more than 50 of his peers and superiors. Police are still processing paperwork that will go to prosecutors, citing violations of the National Public Service Law, which bars public officials from revealing secrets obtained or learned as a result of their work.

One source says, though, that the navigator who leaked the video to YouTube may have punishment waived by public prosecutors. The Coast Guard’s disciplinary system, though, puts the officer in jeopardy of suspension or dismissal. He is accused of saving footage on a USB data storage device, then posting it online November 4th from a Kobe Internet Café.

The Coast Guard is planning disciplinary action against top leaders of the patrol boat Uranami, the Kobe Coast Guard Office, the Kobe-based regional Coast Guard headquarters, and the Japan Coast Guard Academy in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture.

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