The 80 meter long, 2847 dwt freighter Hao Han caught fire near Osaka, Japan. The fire started in the cargo hold sending thick smoke into the air . The crew fought the blaze, but were unable to contain it. The Hao Han contacted the Japanese Coast Guard who dispatched fire fighting vessels to the scene. The Coast Guard vessels evacuated the 12 crew on board the freighter and extinguished the fire the next day. The vessel was taken under tow and berthed at a quay where authorities will investigate the incident further. No reports of injuries.