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Vietnamese Refugees Arrive in Japan

September 13, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ Twenty-one Vietnamese refugees arrived in Japan today, three days after a British passenger liner plucked them from the South China Sea after their 3- week voyage, officials said.

Takafumi Miyoshi of the Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau said the 14 men, four women and three children arrived in Naha, 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo, and would be transferred to a refugee center.

One woman passenger died during the voyage and was buried at sea, he said.

The British Coral Princess rescued the refugees from their small craft on Tuesday, Miyoshi said.

He said the Vietnamese told immigration officials that they had left Vietnam for Maylasia on Aug. 21, but that their boat went off course in bad weather.

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