The Wakayama Prefecture police informed Cove Guardian director Scott West that the use of the radios could result in penalties of up to one year in prison.

Four Cove Guardians had to sign statements admitting to the use of the radios and were then informed they were on notice and would be arrested if they were caught using the radios again.

The Cove Guardians will still be able to use radios but they will have to purchase Japanese made, Japanese compliant radios, meaning that the police will have the ability to tap all the radio transmission.

Operation Infinite Patience continues in the face of yet another obstacle tossed up by the police who act more as a personal bodyguard unit for the fishermen than as impartial police officers.

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