Japan – North Koreans call Kim Jong-un to account

Japan – North Koreans call Kim Jong-un to account
Japan – North Koreans call Kim Jong-un to account

North Koreans call Kim Jong-un to account

Pyongyang is on trial in Japan for a controversial program that saw more than 90,000 people leave Japan for North Korea between 1959 and 1984.

Posted today at 04:43

North Korean defectors symbolically put leader Kim Jong-un in the dock Thursday in Tokyo to hold him accountable for a former repatriation program from Japan, described as “state kidnapping”.

This unusual court case seeks to hold the Pyongyang government responsible for a controversial program that saw more than 90,000 people leave Japan for North Korea between 1959 and 1984. The program primarily targeted Koreans living in the country. Japanese archipelago, but also their Japanese spouses, attracted by propaganda promising “heaven on earth” in Communist North Korea.

Five participants in the repatriation program who subsequently escaped from the North are each claiming 100 million yen (816,000 francs) in damages and presented their arguments in a Tokyo court on Thursday.

Symbolically judged

They accuse Pyongyang of having “deceived the plaintiffs by false advertising into relocating them to North Korea” and of having “forced them to live in conditions where the enjoyment of human rights was generally impossible”. As there is no diplomatic relationship between Japan and North Korea, Kim Jong-un is symbolically judged as head of government in Pyongyang.

A total of 93,340 people took part in the repatriation program funded by Pyongyang and carried out by Red Cross associations in Japan and North Korea. The Japanese government also supported this plan seen by its detractors as a way for Tokyo to reduce the number of Koreans living in Japan.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Kenji Fukuda, told reporters last month that they saw the North Korean government as “the most responsible entity in the organization.” The plaintiffs began their proceedings in 2018. A date must be set Thursday for the judgment.

AFP

Posted today at 04:43

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