Yoshihide Suga, the newly elected PM of Japan assures Australia that the search for the cattle ship that sank during a typhoon will continue.
The cattle ship- Gulf Livestock 1, sank on September 2 after Typhoon Maysak struck at sea causing devastation along the coast of the Japanese islands and the Korean peninsula.
After speaking with the new Japanese prime minister, Scott Morrison became the first foreign leader to congratulate him on his appointment. Mr Morrison also relayed his sincere appreciation for the Japanese coast guard, that continue to search the seas for Gulf Livestock 1. Mr Suga responded saying that Japan would co-operate as much as possible with the search.
The ship had a crew of 43, out of which three were rescued, they were all Filipinos. Unfortunately, one of them died after being found unconscious.
As for missing people, 36 Filipinos, 2 New Zealanders, and 2 Australians – Queensland vet Lukas Orda and NSW man Will Mainprize, their search continues.
As the two make an immediate bond amid the two countries’ shared concerns over China’s assertiveness, Mr. Morrison and Mr. Suga also discussed security issues and economic affairs, including support for The Pacific island Nations and North Korean abductions. It is understood that Mr. Morrison and Mr. Suga will speak again this week.