Jun 2, 2015

Son of Chongryon chief indicted over mushroom imports

Prosecutors have indicted four people, including a son of Ho Jong Man, chairman of the pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon, on suspicion of illegally importing matsutake mushrooms from North Korea. The four were charged Tuesday with conspiring to import about 3 tons of the North Korean-grown ...

May 14, 2015

Chongryon, Pyongyang slam arrest of association chief's son

Pyongyang’s de facto embassy in Japan has slammed the arrest of the son of its director for alleged sanctions-busting trade with North Korea. The suspect’s arrest on Tuesday along with two other individuals represented a “reckless political crackdown (which) cannot be condoned,” said Nam ...

Mar 29, 2015

Japan ups abduction probe pressure on North

The government is stepping up pressure on North Korea to issue a report on its renewed investigation into Japanese who were abducted by the reclusive state’s agents decades ago. Japan soon plans to extend sanctions against the North, including a trade embargo, it will ...

Mar 18, 2015

Chongryon to pay over ¥200 million a year to rent HQ building

The General Association of Korean Residents, a pro-Pyongyang group known as Chongryon, has agreed to pay over ¥200 million ($1.6 million) a year to rent its headquarters building in Tokyo from a real estate firm, sources said. The firm based in Yamagata Prefecture bought ...

Chongryon's HQ resold to another company

Jan 29, 2015

Chongryon's HQ resold to another company

A real estate firm that recently acquired the building housing the Tokyo headquarters of North Korea-affiliated group Chongryon has signed a deal to sell the property for ¥4.4 billion, informed sources said Thursday. The building’s new owner, a Yamagata-based real estate company, is expected ...