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 ...

Jan 21, 2015

Real estate firm sues Chongryon over delayed property sale

Real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, blaming the group for delaying the company’s acquisition of the association’s Tokyo headquarters, sources close to the matter said ...

Marunaka Holdings completes purchase of Chongryon HQ

Nov 22, 2014

Marunaka Holdings completes purchase of Chongryon HQ

Real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. has taken over ownership of a Tokyo property that has served as North Korea’s de facto embassy for decades after a forced auction was held to repay outstanding debts. The Tokyo District Court said Friday it has confirmed ...