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Japan deports stranded North Korean boat crew

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Were rhey offered asylum, after all Japan has signed up to the UN Convention for Refugees.

I suspect that Japanese immigration authority's did not go out of their way to inform these North Kotreans of their rights.

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Ex_ResToday 11:08 am JST

Were rhey offered asylum, after all Japan has signed up to the UN Convention for Refugees.

I suspect that Japanese immigration authority's did not go out of their way to inform these North Kotreans of their rights.

It was reported in previous articles that all of the North Korean crews had requested that they be returned to North Korea. No one asked for asylum.

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Just in time to watch the olympics!

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oosan. I read the same reports. Can’t understand why in the world reporting a simple fact like that is downvoted. Strange

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I hope after a good feed and med check. North Koreans are riddled with tape worms in their guts.

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Any thoughts on what is going to happen to these N.K. gents when getting back in the homeland?

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Any thoughts on what is going to happen to these N.K. gents when getting back in the homeland?

Most likely they would be debriefed for intelligence, and treated as “heroes” who defied Japan.

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@ Beer guy.

That is some food for thought. They just might get the heroes welcome.

I do not think we will really ever know. I hope they do not get any blow back.

They have been through a hell of an ordeal for being just fishermen. Not like they were spies.

Just guys trying to feed themselves and family.

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Ex_Res,

“I suspect that Japanese immigration authority's did not go out of their way to inform these North Kotreans of their rights.”

As others have pointed out, they requested to go back to NK. But hey, why bother to pay attention to news reports when you have a chance to gratuiously smear a Japanese institution.

zichi,

“I hope after a good feed and med check. North Koreans are riddled with tape worms in their guts.”

During their more than two months in Japan they most certainly have been eating better than perhaps in their whole lives.

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I feel sorry for their families back home. They were away from home for months, no fish to bring back and winter in NK.

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No one asked for asylum.

Not a good idea to ask for asylum if you have family or friends in North Korea. They'd disappear pretty quickly.

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So the captain did all the heavyweight loosening of fixtures and removal of motorbikes, microwaves, generators, etc., himself? Some kind of Sengoku jidai plea-bargaining going on here, I trow.

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I don't think "deport" is a good word choice here.The eight men who have gone back to NK weren't convicted of a crime and had requested to be sent back."Repatriate"is much more appropriate.The captain,if and when he is found guilty,will be deported.

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nandakandamanda,

I think it’s safe to say that some or all of the crew members participated in the stealing. Perhaps the government decided not to charge them in light of the country they are from and the fact crew are generally obliged to follow the orders of their captain would have made it difficult for them to refuse?

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Why are they pirates?

Because they just aaarrrrr.

Seriously, they're just opportunists. When your govt spends all it's money on the military and allows people to starve, what's a person to do?

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Trespassing one country’s shores is illegal. In some countries they would shoot them on sight. It is believable they were treated with dignity and respect while the deportation process lasted.

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GoodlucktoyouFeb. 10 12:58 pm JST

Just in time to watch the olympics!

Nope, Fat Boy has banned his serfs from watching it.

Any way they didn't manage to get away with the TV!

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It's the NK Olympic rowing team.

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