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The lingering trauma of North Korean abductions

In the Seventies and Eighties, North Korea organised a kidnapping marketing campaign in “enemy” international locations. As certainly one of its closest neighbours, Japan grew to become a primary goal.

The programme, determined on the highest degree of the Communist state, was seemingly meant to coach North Korean spies in international languages and customs. It was an extended wait till 2002, when the dictatorship in Pyongyang formally recognised a number of the kidnappings.

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