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Journalist, author and editor Koji Takazawa’s “Destiny” tells the story of the group of Japanese student radicals that hijacked a plane and redirected it to North Korea in 1970. It is an exhaustive account of Takazawa’s efforts to tease out the truth of what happened to those men and their subsequent operations abroad, which included kidnapping Japanese travelers.

Based on interviews with the hijackers and their wives over several trips to North Korea, the book created controversy when it was published in 1998 and angered many of Takazawa’s sources. However, in 2002 the North Korean government confirmed Takazawa’s research into kidnappings of Japanese citizens, a sticking point in Japan-North Korea relations to this day.

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