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The invitation-only zone : the true story of North Koreas abduction project

Author: Robert S Boynton
Publisher: New York, New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the late 1970s and early '80s, dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted from coastal Japanese towns by North Korean commandos. In what proved to be part of a global project, North Korea attempted to reeducate the abductees and train them to spy on the state's behalf. When the project faltered, the abductees were hidden in a series of guarded communities known as "Invitation-Only Zones"--The fiction
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert S Boynton
ISBN: 9780374175849 0374175845 9780374712662 0374712662
OCLC Number: 908176231
Description: xiii, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Welcome to the invitation-only zone --
The Meiji moment: Japan becomes modern --
Reunited in North Korea --
Japan and Korea's "common origins" --
Adapting to North Korea --
Abduction as statecraft --
From Emperor Hirohito to Kim Il-sun --
Developing a cover story --
The repatriation project: from Japan to North Korea --
Neighbors in the invitation-only zone --
Stolen childhoods: Megumi and Takeshi --
An American in Pyongyang --
Terror in the air --
Kim's golden eggs --
A story too strange to believe --
The great leader dies, a nation starves --
Negotiating with Mr. X --
Kim and Koizumi in Pyongyang --
Returning home: from North Korea to Japan --
An extended visit --
Abduction, Inc. --
Kaoru Hasuike at home.
Responsibility: Robert S. Boynton.

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