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The Invitation-Only Zone
Author: Robert S. Boynton

ISBN: 9781782398523
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 23 November 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.2
Description:
The extraordinary true story of the North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens, kept for decades in 'invitation-only zones', and indoctrinated by Kim Jong Il's secret police.

During the 1970s and early 80s, dozens - perhaps hundreds - of Japanese civilians were kidnapped by North Korean commandos and forced to live in 'Invitation-Only Zones', high-security detention-centres masked as exclusive areas, on the outskirts of Pyongyang.

The objective? To brainwash the abductees with the regime's ideology, and train them to spy on the state's behalf. But the project faltered; when indoctrination failed, the captives were forced to teach North Korean operatives how to pass as Japanese, to help them infiltrate hostile neighbouring nations.

For years, the Japanese and North Korean authorities brushed off these disappearances, but in 2002 Kim Jong Il admitted to kidnapping thirteen citizens, returning five of them - the remaining eight were declared dead.

In The Invitation-Only Zone, Boynton, an investigative journalist, speaks with the abductees, nationalists and diplomats...

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