Four North Koreans who arrived by wooden boat at Japanese port two weeks ago left for South Korea on Saturday (June, 16).
They arrived at Japan on June 2 (they left NK on May 27). They told police they left Chongjin on the east coast of North Korea and headed south, but changed course due to heavy security and ended up at Fukaura in Japan's northern Aomori prefecture, 800 km (500 miles) to the east. Japanese government granted asylum for them according to its immigration law, and “North Korean human rights law” of 2006, which states that the government must take certain measures to protect and support defectors from North Korea.
Usually, it is rare for North Koreans to flee to Japan, and China used to be the first option for the North Korean defectors until now. But recently, China is becoming harsh on defectors as they put up wire entanglement along the shallow or narrow parts (where people can swim across) of Yalu and Tumen River and adopted a new measure to deport defectors back to North Korea (meaning…).