This handout picture taken on January 28, 2018 and provided by Japan's Toshima Village Office on February 2 shows an oil-like substance washed up on a beach in Toshima village at Takarajima island, Kagoshima prefecture. "Oil-like" blobs are washing up on the beaches of several southern Japanese islands, officials said February 2, raising fears they could be from a tanker that sank in the area nearly three weeks ago. / AFP PHOTO / Toshima Village Office / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Toshima Village Office" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

TOKYO- A sunken Iranian tanker ship carrying 110-000 tonnes of light crude oil went down in flames on January 14 in Japanese economic water in East China Sea, and is believed the oil is now washing up on shore in several Japanese islands, the Japanese coastguard said.

Samples have been taken of the heavy fuel, the oil begun washing up the shore in the remote Okinoerabu and Yoron islands this month as similar contents are linked to Iranian tank that sunk, Japanese coastguard said.

Spokesperson for the Japanese coastguard Takuya Matsumoto, “We are not aware of any other maritime accident in the region that resulted in oil leaks,” he told AFP.

“So we have concluded that it is highly likely that the oil that reached (the two islands) is connected with Sanchi,”

The oil is a greasy sludge texture and the locals who live on seafood, notice the water was changing.

The Japanese government has begun a process of studying the accident’s impact on the regional environment, but Japan’s coastguard officials believe the leaking of light crude oil is gradually dissipating.

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