JAPAN: Forbidden Waters

In the open waters of the Northern Pacific seas, the huge salmon were beginning an instinctive journey westward toward their spawning grounds in the rushing rivers of Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Siberia's eastern shores. Always before they had been met by thousands of Japanese fishing boats, which plucked almost all of Japan's important salmon catch from the northern waters. But this year the salmon move unmolested, and the sea is free of boats. Back in the fishing villages of Hokkaido, the Japanese vessels wait idly, their crews staring balefully out to sea....

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