This handout picture from the Transport Ministry of China taken and released on January 11, 2018 shows smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker "Sanchi" at sea off the coast of eastern China. AFP PHOTO / TRANSPORT MINISTRY OF CHINA
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A stricken Iranian oil tanker drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Japan's Coast Guard told Reuters on Friday, as strong winds pushed the burning ship away from the Chinese coast.The ship, which has been ablaze for almost a week since it collided with another vessel on Saturday night in the East China Sea, was about 300 km northwest of Sokkozaki on the island of Amami Oshima as of Thursday afternoon, a spokesman from the Coast Guard's 10th region based in Kagoshima said.According to China's state-owned China Central Television(CCTV), the tanker drifted about 40 kms to the south over the past two days, as of 9 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Friday.
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