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Friday, February 16, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation

In the 1960s, thousands of Koreans in Japan immigrated to North Korea in the belief that they were going to a "Paradise on Earth." An estimated 93,000 believed the promises of the North and returned to their homeland. In 2014, a Commission of Inquiry within the United Nations issued a report stating that this exodus was an inhumane act. Those such as Eiko Kawasaki, who was one of the returnees but later escaped, regard the event as a crime against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute. They hold Chongryon (The General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) responsible.

Chongryon have been accused of arranging special non-stop trains to carry returnees to the Port of Niigata (where the ship for the DPRK departed) and Chongryon officers reportedly prevented anyone from leaving the trains. As such, some believe a "crime against humanity" was committed in Japan, a Member State to the International Criminal Court.

Eiko Kawasaki, who spent 43 years in North Korea, will come to speak on the issue at the Club along with lawyer Yohei Suda. They believe the issue should be put before the International Criminal Court.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Eiko Kawasaki                      Yohei Suda

 

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