It is reported that a 69 years old Japanese woman who escaped from N. Korea in 2001 managed to return home through China after 40 years of miserable life she had led in North Korea.
However, South Korea objected the idea that Japan would agree to send them back to North Korea for the humanitarian reasons often cited by the international community, thereby creating tensions between Japan and South Korea and also between two Koreas.
She recently published her memoir vividly depicting what she had to undergo and observed there. She is now so happy to have reunited with her family in Japan. She wishes that she could share the same happiness with other Japanese women there.
The People's Republic of China is jointly carrying out a project with North Korea to arrest those who have escaped North Korea and to send them back to North Korea. North Korea often executes escapees in public.
Note: I should not have used the term "escaped" and "escapees" because it is almost like I am defining North Korea as "Prison" which North Korea might find offending.
Please replace "escaped" and "escapees" by "defected" and "defectors".
I express my deep apologies for the typos I inadvertently made.