Inside North Korea's bubble in Japan

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Why North Korea has children’s schools in Japan
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For this episode I found myself embeded with a small community in Japan. They were born there, they speak the language. But they're not Japanese citizens, or even ethnically Japanese - they're North Korean. There's about 150,000 of them living in Japan today, and they've been there for over a century.

This community has close ties with the regime in Pyongyang, which supports them financially (and vice-versa). But more importantly, Pyongyang offers them an identity, a heritage, and cultural legitimacy - things that some elements of Japanese society work to deny them.

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It's safe to say I'd rather be a North Korean in Japan then a North Korean in North Korea

Author — sauce boy

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Poor kids, they don’t know any better.

Author — OOF

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Protecting their culture, language is right.
Worshipping a dangerous ideology is i don't support.

Author — PIYUSH MATE

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I am not of Korean decent but I am curious what would it be like to interview those north koreans and north korean defectors together in the same room.

Author — mynamesjefff

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The most powerful weapon of north korea is brainwashing.

Author — Aaron Vergara

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North Korea is like the really cool dad growing up, but you later find out that he did drugs and killed people

Author — Mister Garabaldi

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Celebrating their Korean identity and culture: yes

Worshiping a man/ regime that has harmed millions: *NO*

Author — Britany

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Japenese person: exists
North Korean kidnapper: hippity hoppity you're now kim's property

Author — Pigamer

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"The US and Japan also have human rights issues, fix those before you critisize NK"
This is called leveling, very common defense from an abusive person when called out...

Author — Objection Sir

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Send those kids to North Korea, their tune will change quickly.

Author — Vi Feet Under

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That guy in the bar is right.
At least Japan is not trying to destroy Korean schools.
Japan is just not willing to waste the taxpayers' money on an organization that worships a dangerous ideology.

Author — 狂った電車Mad Train

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Seems like the smartest move for these schools would be to build a relationship with the South Korean government to secure funding apart from the north while still remaining Korean.

Author — Daniel Hayek

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I'm late, but they're all victims. It's solely brainwashing.

Author — Catalina Vargas

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I’m sure those kids would be REALLY disappointed if they found out the truth about a country they never lived in but are supposed to praise...

Author — RollCake Cookie

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So they 'visited' NK. And already felt kinship, I'm amazed that they have so much empathy but, 'visiting' and 'living' in NK are two very, very different things.

Author — Leigh Tory

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7:23 _What if they built an Osama Bin Laden Memorial School in the US? How would you fell?_ that's so accurate it hurts

Author — Nemesis Chan

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What's interesting is that they were interviewed in Japanese not korean

Author — Yue Tang

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This is an interesting example of how reproach can intensify mutual hatred and issues. If the Japanese embraced them fully, I wonder if they would feel the need to stay so staunchly loyal to North Korea.

Author — Molly Coates

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11:37 “Ultra-nationalist” and “kindergarten” are two words I never thought I’d hear in the same sentence

Author — Brendan

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In an alternate universe they had an independence movement and became East Korea

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