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5 defectors in Japan sue N Korea, alleging rights abuses

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By Yuri Kageyama

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Kawasaki is determined to keep telling her story to send the message Koreans living abroad must unite in a first step toward reunification.

Absolutely true. But unfortunately, Koreans living abroad are riding the CCP propaganda war wagon and busy putting up monuments rather than doing what's best and right for all Koreans. Courageous woman to stand up and let the world know what the North Korean dictatorship is all about.

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She should sue USA for sanctions ...

Goodlucktoyou forgot to say ...

”Were it not for US sanctions, the superior central planning of the DPRK as guided by the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, would have brought heretofore unheard of prosperity and social justice to a united Korean Peninsula and served as a shining star for all oppressed peoples of the world.”

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tinawatanabeAug. 25  02:24 pm JST

Dubious lawsuit. Tokyo District Court has no jurisdiction on NK. It is hard to believe the court accepted it.

There's no reason to not accept it since it's unlikely that NK will answer the summons and present a defense. The first of course being that a J-court has no jurisdiction over this matter. Looks like a default judgement may be entered in her favor but realistically no way to enforce it.

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"Only America can solve this problem."

Only Koreans can solve Korean problems.

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Even we are living this moment in a different generation, the facts of past what happened at that time after ww2 was really terrible to many Japanese immigrants living abroad and some Koreans living in Japan as another country. Well, the "promise land" never goes to the first generation landing anywhere, the 2nd, the 3rd generations adopt the local place to live and more possibility to get a better life. It happened to many Japanese immigrants traveled long distances to find a hell life far away from the homeland. Ironically, most Asian countries were belonged to European countries colonized for decades and centuries. The past shows facts that many things were completely different and discrimination was quite normal for the dominants. However to see the life of defectors who lived in NK is one of the most horrible past incidents happening in this present time. Hope Mis. Kawasaki be stead and stand for, to show dictatorship creates unfairness ignoring human rights and to her voice be heard the whole world.

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Like many others, she realized she had been duped as soon as she landed. The port was shabby, everyone was terribly thin, and children wore rags.

"You cannot express your opinion at all," she said, adding that everyone lived in fear, even of getting killed for saying the wrong thing. "You can't get out of there."

That's communism in a nutshell.

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That's communism in a nutshell.

That's communist states, not communism.

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Dubious lawsuit. Tokyo District Court has no jurisdiction on NK. It is hard to believe the court accepted it.

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That's communist states, not communism.

Agreed. “Communism” is an idea. But one wonders why, if it’s held to be a good idea, it has it never been realized in a state? I hope no existing states are being held up as examples of its success.

Perhaps the instruction manual is always read upside down?

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"I would think these guys have just cause for suing Japan but Japan will never rule in favor of any foreigner ain't gonna happen"

Responsibility for this rests solely with Allied decision (to strip Koreans of Japanese nationality) at the San Francisco Treaty, specifically with the good old US of A!

Barking at the wrong tree is correct in this instance; learning proper facts never killed anyone.

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of it’s held to be a good idea, it has it never been realized in a state?

Human corruption. Extremes are never good. Extreme capitalism is as bad as extreme communism.

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J court has no jurisdiction and who will represent DPRK in court? No one, therefore it is just foolishness. I want to know how much and who paid for the non-refundable revenue stamp “shuunyuu inshi” required to file the lawsuit. I sued an assailant for 35 millón yen and had to pay quite a lot for the stamp, 500 M would cost considerably more.

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Tokyo District Court just informed the tax stamp 'shuunyuu inshi' to sue for 500MKPY is 1.52MJPY. That will not include lawyers and any other fees. Each time a hearing is scheduled the court will charge you. Once the court reaches a decision 'hanketsu' if either party is displeased they can appeal. If plaintiff appeals they must buy another tax stamp for the amount of lawsuit and the whole process begins all over again. High courts usually side with the decision of lower court judge, they don't want to discredit one of their brethren, so the whole charade is perpetrated on and on draining plaintiff money. The court my even order plaintiff to pay defendants courts fees, loss of work income and other penalties. The system dissuades people from going to court motivates them to make out of court settlements so everyone can avoid having to really work.

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ridiculous

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I would think these guys have just cause for suing Japan but Japan will never rule in favor of any foreigner ain't gonna happen. In the years before and during World War II, imperialist Japan colonized Korea and brought Koreans, many forcibly, to work in Japan. About 450,000 ethnic Koreans live in Japan, including third- and fourth-generation descendants of those laborers.

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She should sue USA for sanctions and realize that japan is a country that discriminates against Koreans.

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