The mass migration of 93,340 people from Japan to North Korea was one of the largest movements from the non-communist to the communist world during the Cold War.
The repatriation was presented to the world as a purely humanitarian “return” of ethnic Koreans to their homeland. However, the great majority of those repatriated, like over 95% of Koreans in Japan, actually came from the southern half of Korea. Many had been born and spent all their lives in Japan. The “returnees” also included more than 6000 Japanese people (mostly wives of Korean husbands).
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This museum is curated by Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Professor of Japanese History, Australian National University.