December 06, 2022

Promised land? The Zainichi Korean exodus to North Korea

Great emigration driven by discrimination in Japan and belief in communism - but they were deceived

This is the second part of a three-part series by Andrei Lankov on how Zainichi Koreans shaped the history of the DPRK. You can read part one here.

In 1959 thousands of ethnic Koreans from Japan (often known as ‘Zainichi Koreans’) began to migrate to North Korea in large numbers. A total of 93,300 people moved between 1959-1984, but the vast majority boarded the ships in the early 1960s.