The Exodus to North Korea Museum

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Background – Japan 背景ー日本

At the end of the Asia-Pacific War, there were over 2 million Koreans in Japan: some volutary migrants, others brought over under labour recruitment schemes. Over 95% came from the southern half of Korea.

Letter from Inoue Masutaro (Japan Red Cross Society) to Leopold Boissier (International Committee of the Red Cross), 31 March 1956. This six-page letter gives important insights into the origins of the repatriation of Koreans from Japan to North Korea. (ICRC Archives B AG 232 105-002)


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