Ja­pan’s sea-crash probe lacks U.S. data

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

TOKYO — Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day that they were al­most fin­ished with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last month’s col­li­sion be­tween a Philip­pines-flagged freighter and a U.S. naval de­stroyer that left seven Navy sailors dead, but said they still haven’t been given ac­cess to data from the U.S. side.

Ja­panese coast guard of­fi­cials said they were still dis­cussing pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion with the U.S. side but that noth­ing con­crete has been de­cided and they could not say when a con­clu­sion was ex­pected.

The con­tainer ship, the ACX Crys­tal, and most of its crew were al­lowed to leave Ja­pan for Thai­land on Sun­day af­ter re­pairs were fin­ished. Coast guard of­fi­cials de­clined to give de­tails. The col­li­sion was with the USS Fitzger­ald.

A spokesman for the com­pany that owns the freighter, Yoshi­nori Fukushima, said Mon­day that the cap­tain and some crew mem­bers had stayed be­hind vol­un­tar­ily for ad­di­tional ques­tion­ing.

The col­li­sion oc­curred on June 17 south of Tokyo off the Izu Penin­sula.

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