January 25, 2021

Chongryon bears brunt of Japan-N.Korea disdain

Past year has seen arrest of pro-North members, denial of subsidies for Chongryon schools

Chongryon has come to symbolize the larger problems in North Korea-Japan relations.

Also known as the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, Chongryon for many years acted as the unofficial representative for the North in Japan. In recent years the group has struggled, though, as membership has declined, Japanese nationalism has strengthened and North Korea admitted to kidnapping multiple Japanese civilians in the late 1970s and early '80s.