March 02, 2024

The movement to return the Japanese wives of Zainichi repatriates from N. Korea

Letters sent to Japan revealing the reality of life in the DPRK sparked demands abroad for the wives to be brought home

This article is part two of a two-part series. You can read part one here.

The thick lenses in her large-framed glasses magnify Ikeda Fumiko’s eyes. With her hair pulled back in a bun, she looks determined as she addresses some 700 protestors on a chilly New York day in 1974.

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