Chongryon repatriation program taken to court

As the Japanese government continues talks with the DPRK (after taking a year off), A Korean woman who emigrated from Japan to North Korea in 1963 (and returned in 2003) will file an 11 million yen suit against the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, claiming the group neglected to explain the reality of North Korea to her, and as a result, it is responsible for her suffering physical and mental pain during her years in North Korea.

Some background from the AP:

Koreans form Japan’s largest minority group, with their ancestors brought to the country, often forcibly, during Tokyo’s 1910-1945 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.

A total of 93,340 people — mostly Koreans but also their spouses and children with Japanese nationality — moved to North Korea between 1959 and 1984 in a deal between the countries’ Red Cross societies aimed at settling the legacy of the past.

Read the full stories here:
N. Korea defector to sue Chongryon over emigration program

Defector to sue North Korean ’embassy’ in Japan: report
Associated Press

Expectations Modest as Japan, North Korea Resume Talks
Voice of America
Kurt Achin


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