Purported satellite launch draws angry reactions nationwide

Feb 7, 2016

Purported satellite launch draws angry reactions nationwide

North Korea’s decision to launch what it claimed was a rocket Sunday despite international calls for restraint has raised tensions with Japan and sparked angry calls from around the nation. Protesters opposed to what was widely viewed as a ballistic missile test gathered at ...

Sep 6, 2015

Police raid Chongryon office over alleged subsidy fraud

Police searched an office building Sunday in Hokkaido belonging to the pro-Pyongyang group Chongryon on suspicion that its affiliate companies swindled the government out of subsidies given to businesses for hiring unemployed job seekers. Investigators said several companies in Sapporo with links to Chongryon, ...

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 ...