"Returnees" to N. Korea from Japan Increasingly Forgotten

Society

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--The plight of "returnees" to North Korea from Japan is increasingly forgotten nearly 60 years after Tokyo and Pyongyang jointly launched a repatriation project for ethnic Koreans living in Japan.

Attracted by Pyongyang propaganda promising a "paradise on Earth," some 93,000 people, including 6,700 Japanese spouses and children, moved to North Korea under the project, which lasted 25 years from Dec. 14, 1959.

Many participants experienced hardships in North Korea. A handful managed to escape the country. Many others died there.

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