May 20, 2024

From North Carolina to North Korea and beyond: meeting a U.S. defector in Japan

Charles Robert Jenkins spent 39 years in the DPRK, working as everything from translator to silver screen star

50 kilometers off the coast of Niigata Prefecture, Japan lies the distant and picturesque Sado Island.

A remote location even for those on the Japanese mainland, gold mines, fresh seafood, temples, festivals, and delicious sake make it a popular tourist destination and one that I myself made the long voyage to in August 2017.

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