Smolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
Now five persons (two man and three women) who were kidnapped by North Korea in 1978 are staying their home in Japan (temporary?) and that is the hottest topic here in Japan.
Among them, there are two mutually marriaged couples. In one couple, they had promised marriage and in another couple they had been lover each other before the kidnap. The kidnaps were committed when they were meeting each other in the sea shore by North Korean agent in summer 1978. And the rest one is woman who was kidnapped when she was walking with here mother,
who was also taken away but North Korea does not disclose where the mother is. She married one ex. USA Soldier who had come to North Korea.
All are in their forties, and have 2 or 3 children. This time, they did not accompany their children. They are in North Korea.
It is said that that prevents them from permanently coming back to their home
in Japan. Also some speculate that the children are 'hostage' of North Korea
in order not to let them say something disadvantage to North Korea during the stay in Japan or to assure their going back to North Korea. (Two North Korean
red cross persons accompany)
They themselves say they are leading gifted life there, true or not.
I seriously wonder Japan should let them go "back" to North Korea.
I want to hear your opinion and do you have similar case?
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
Konbanwa! I was reading that one of the Japanese women would not return back to North Korea and that she would leave her husband, children and life back there behind. Aside from holding one’s children hostage, I don’t see much point for them to return to North Korea, especially if they went there unwillingly.
I was reading an interview with Hwang Jang-yop, the most senior member of the North Korean government ever to defect. He was saying that Kim Jong-il holds Japan in great disdain and doesn’t really believe in engagement with them because it is his policy act aloof towards the Japanese. His apology really surprises me as it was his intention to get Japan to apologize for their treatment of Koreans during the occupation and to get as much in reparations as possible.
Kim Jong-il seems to be stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. He is upset at his traditional ally China for their “abandonment of the socialist system” and China is demanding that North Korea pays back all outstanding debts and loans owed to them. Not only that, everyone now knows about his nuclear weapon program which he was supposed to keep secret. Hwang said that if North Korea became really, really desperate, which they seem to be right now, then their only alternative would be to attack the South. But that was a few years ago when nobody really knew about -- or at least publicly acknowledged -- their weapons program.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. I should also note that it has been widely acknowledged that Hwang’s defection was the only thing that stopped an imminent invasion that was only months away. So much has been gleaned from him that it put the North back at square one.
Smolt From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
Rai-san, Konbanwa. Thank you for your comment.
First, is that true you say I was reading that one of the Japanese women would not return back to North Korea and that she would leave her husband, children and life back there behind. That is what I here for the first time.
do you have any source?
Hwang's chuche(maybe wrong spell) idea is interesting, but I believe any idea is, and is no more than, comparative. Whether it is true or not depends on where and when the idea adopted and who adopts. North Korea maybe not the appropriate place where to make it into practice because the northern counter part of the Korean peninsula is not suitable place from to which supply food because of its geographical conditions. It is when the North (mining resouces) and South (with agricultural resouces) is united that the idea has truth potential. But invasion would have been keep them much more a way from the idea to take effect because it would fall the land into unstable situation on any phase that is essential to economical activities. Ironically they have to be in a status of being aided food from other coutries, which is 180 degrees opposite situation from what the idea targets.