A South Korean tourist who suffered serious head injuries while trying to navigate the South’s popular tourist destinations is seeking compensation.
The tourist, whose name has not been released, is in a stable condition in hospital after suffering brain injuries while attempting to reach the Japanese-controlled South Korean island of Jollibee in late January.
He was visiting the Japanese city of Sapporo, a popular destination for Japanese expats, on a boat that he had rented.
He had been following instructions from Japanese authorities on how to navigate his boat across the narrow straits, where the South Korea-Japan boundary lies.
But the South Koreans refused to let him cross into the country, despite a permit issued by Japan’s Maritime Safety Authority.
His friend, who was also on board, was forced to swim across the straits to try to reach Jolliba.
He died on the way, while trying help his friend.
The South Koreans are currently investigating what caused his death, but it is believed to be a suicide.
The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
The man had been visiting a Japanese tourist attraction, called K-Park, and was on the boat that was trying to cross the strait.
The Jollibi boat was owned by Japanese company Kinema Marine Corp. and has a permit to cross into Japan, but Japan refused to allow its crew to do so.
The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency is looking into the matter.
It is not known whether the South will press charges against the Japanese company, as South Korea has not officially named any of the companies involved.