Destiny : the secret operations of the Yodogō exiles



Destiny : the secret operations of the Yodogō exiles

by Kōji Takazawa ; edited by Patricia G. Steinhoff ; with the translation assistance of Lina J. Terrell ... [et al.]

University of Hawaiʻi Press, c2017

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Shukumei : Yodogō bōmeisha no himitsu kōsaku

宿命 : 「よど号」亡命者たちの秘密工作

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Other translators: Ryoko Yamamoto, Kazumi Higashikubo, Shinji Kojima, Eiko Saeki, Kazutoh Ishida, and Midori Ishida

Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-444) and index



In 1970, nine members of a Japanese New Left group called the Red Army Faction hijacked a domestic airliner to North Korea with dreams of acquiring the military training to bring about a revolution in Japan. The North Korean government accepted the hijackers-who became known in the media as the Yodog? group, based on the name of the hijacked plane-and two years later they announced their conversion to juche, North Korea's new political ideology. Little was heard from the exiles until 1988, when a member of Yodog? was unexpectedly arrested in Japan, and communications with the group opened up in the context of his trial. As a former Red Army Faction member, journalist K?ji Takazawa made several trips to North Korea, reestablished his ties to the group's leader Takamaro Tamiya, and helped to publish the group's writings in Japan. After Kim Il Sung revealed that Yodog? members had Japanese wives, Takazawa published a book of interviews with the women, but in the process became suspicious about the romantic stories they told. He also wondered about the members who were missing and learned more details in long, private conversations with Tamiya. After Tamiya's sudden death in 1995, Takazawa launched his own investigation of what the group had actually been doing for two decades, even traveling to Europe to follow traces there. An example of superb investigative journalism, Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodog? Exiles offers K?ji Takazawa's powerful story of how he exposed the Yodog? group's involvement in the kidnapping and luring of several young Japanese to North Korea, as well as the truth behind their Japanese wives' presence in the country. Takazawa's careful research was validated in 2002, when the North Korean government publicly acknowledged it had kidnapped thirteen Japanese citizens during the 1970s and 1980s, including three people whom Takazawa had connected to the Yodog? hijackers. Embedded in his pursuit toward what truly happened to the Yodog? members is Takazawa's personal reflection of the 1970s, a decade when radical student activism swept Japan, and what it meant to those whose lives were forever changed.

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