Fifteen women who have returned to Japan for the first time since emigrating to North Korea with their Korean husbands spent a second day in their hometowns on Tuesday, reminiscing with family and old friends.

Some of the women traveled across the country to catch up with as many relatives and friends as possible before their scheduled departure Friday. Because some of them moved to North Korea against the wishes of their families and because of deep-rooted discrimination in Japanese society against Koreans, some relatives have refused to meet the women.

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