Tokyo, July 17 (IANS) Japan police on Sunday began the interrogation of a man who claimed he jumped from a North Korean ship and swam ashore clinging to a plastic container, the BBC reported.
According to officials, the man was carrying no proof of identity when he was found in the city of Nagato prefecture on Saturday.
Police are expected to hand him over to immigration officials who will decide whether he is a genuine defector, the BBC noted.
In 2011, nine North Koreans were picked up by the Japanese Coast Guard after spending five days at sea.
They later settled in South Korea.