Asylum seekers arrive from Beijing

Kyodo

Two people who fled to China from North Korea last year and received shelter at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing from April arrived in Japan on Friday.

The two — the North Korea-born son and niece of a Japanese woman who moved to North Korea sometime around 1961 — arrived at Narita airport on Friday afternoon on a flight from Beijing.

The son is in his 30s, while the niece is aged around 20.

The three escaped to China in April 2003 and sought asylum at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. But the embassy repeatedly turned them away.

It decided to take in the son and niece in April this year after the woman went missing.

The woman, who hailed from Niigata, moved to North Korea together with her Japanese mother and Korean stepfather.

The woman later married a former Korean resident of Japan who traveled to North Korea.