• Short Summary

    Into North Korea's North-eastern port of Seishin Dec 16 steamed two Russian ships with the first load of Korean repatriates from Japan.

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    Into North Korea's North-eastern port of Seishin Dec 16 steamed two Russian ships with the first load of Korean repatriates from Japan.

    Crowds waved and cheered from the dockside as the two charter ships arrived. Officials aided the repatriates down the gangplanks then carried them past portraits of Prime Minister Kim of N.Korea.

    From the docks they went by bus to a reception centre then entrained for the capital Pyongyang where officials and crowds greeted them with speeches and waving flags. To celebrate the event citizens danced on the main square, outside the Government building and on most open places.

    The repatriates are some of the 600,000 Koreans living in Japan since the days of Imperial Japan's edict drafting Koreans for forced labour in Japan. Many want to return home - the latest figure indicates 50,000 will eventually depart for Communist territory. Most say the Japanese people dislike them and feel the future offers little if they stay there. And most say there is no place like home. Home for then is North Korea with its shortage of manpower and promises of a new life in a Socialist state eager to welcome them from Americanised Japan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABCBKHWRYMEHRCKX5BNRC8V28L
    Media URN:
    VLVABCBKHWRYMEHRCKX5BNRC8V28L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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