Japanese man expelled by North Korea arrives in China


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If he checks out ok medically then he did better than some others.

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He broke the law by being there in the first place. If he was from anywhere but U.S. and Japan, he would get the full tour of actors portraying citizens.

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I had a NkVisa and flew to China to take the train. I was refused entry because I was a foreigner studying in japan at a Japanese school. How can Japanese enter? I lost about $1500.

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How can Japanese enter? I lost about $1500.

You made a $1500 donation to one of the cruelest regimes on earth. Personally, I think tourism helps support these monsters. There are plenty of nice places in the world where your tourist money actually helps the locals.

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It was a Koryo tours that got most of the money. Money went to them. Flights to ANA. NK Visa was very cheap. Still want to go to the mass games.maybe impossible. But on the positive side, I got to go to China and had a great experience.

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The state-run KCNA news said North Korea had expelled Tomoyuki Sugimoto on humanitarian grounds after detaining him...

Which is code for an "unwelcome guest" that's lacking in sufficient value to the North Koreans either: politically, economically, militarily, or just plain physically to work in the coal and/or uranium mines nearby Pyongsan or Pakchon.

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Should be happy he just got out as he did. I'm surprised they didn't keep him, and I have no doubt their grounds for arrest were zero to begin with.

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I thought they were stealing Nihonjin, not giving them back.

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Tomoyuki Sugimoto must be a good friend of President Trump.

That the DPRK caught him spying on their military facility in Nampo but then released him on humanitarian grounds speaks volumes of the power and influence of Donald on Kim.

Jung Un must be a very happy man now knowing that the almighty POTUS accorded him red carpet treatment in Singapore, shook his hands heartily and even took selfies with him while Washington barred the democratically elected president of US 'ally' ROC- Taiwan from even taking a selfie outside that famous 'toilet ' at Trump Tower!

Indeed, America is great again!

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I am angry by this story. Sugimoto-san was just a cameraman, not spy. So, DPRK has no right to arrest and expel him. I want big investment and co-operation of Japan and DPRK, and PM Abe wants that big Summit with Kim-san. but this human rights violations is not making things easier for diplomacy between the 2 Nations.

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He's probably overstayed his Chinese visa thus committed a crime there as well, lock him like they do in Japan to foreigners who overstay.

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Definate lack of common sense.

Years ago I was warned (by government, tourist boards, travel information etc. etc.) when visiting a foriegn country, do not go filming around military bases and other sensitive installations. It can so easily be misunderstood.

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