In Japan on Friday (May 14th), 202 Koreans boarded the Russian ship Tobolsk for North Korea under a resumed repatriation agreement signed by Japan and North Korea.
MV Bows of ship
CU Ship's name "Tobolsk"
MV Soviet flag on stern
MV Coach arriving full of repatriates waving Korean flag
MV Russian craw members watching.
MCU Korean women go aboard
CU People in crowd waving & shouting
MCU Woman and child going aboard
CU Girl in crowd crying
CU Two women going aboard
CU Youths in crowd shouting & waving
CU Woman goes aboard
MCU People in crowd
MV Woman carries banner aboard
TV Crowd PAN TO ship
MCU Passengers waving goodbye from ship
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TV Crowd and ship
MV Crowd PAN TO ship
LV Ship pulling out to sea.
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Background: In Japan on Friday (May 14th), 202 Koreans boarded the Russian ship Tobolsk for North Korea under a resumed repatriation agreement signed by Japan and North Korea.
The 3,400-ton Tobolsk sailed from the port of Niigata on the Japan sea coast of Honshu Island as bands played and thousands of Koreans sang revolutionary songs on the quayside.
The repatriates will be landed at the North Korean port of Chongjin.
Japan repatriated more than 80,000 Koreans to the Communist north under a Red Cross arrangement which expired in December 1967. The new agreement was signed between the Japanese and North Korean Red Cross Societies in Moscow in March.
Japanese officials said about 5,000 long-time Korean residents in Japan would probably return to North Korea under the new agreement. Some 88,000 wee repatriated under a previous agreement, but some 15,000 had applications in when the agreement expired.