OSAKA — Fusako Aoyama, one of 15 Japanese women visiting from North Korea, told reporters here Wednesday that she is glad to be reunited with relatives and friends in Japan but prefers to live in her adopted home.

Aoyama and the 14 other women have lived in the socialist state for nearly 40 years with their North Korean husbands. Aoyama, 59, who was raised in Komatsujima, Tokushima Prefecture, and used to live in Osaka, also expressed appreciation for those who arranged her visit to Japan — her first since leaving for North Korea in 1960.

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