October 16, 2019
Why thousands of Japanese-Koreans left for new lives in North Korea
The strange history of Chongryon and the mass exodus to the DPRK
This is the first part of a three-part series by Andrei Lankov on how Zainichi Koreans shaped the history of the DPRK. Read part two here.In December 1959, the first group of ethnic Koreans from Japan boarded a Soviet ship in Niigata. The atmosphere aboard was festive, and the ship's destination was the North Korean city of Wonsan.Thus began the massive repatriation of ethnic Koreans