Saturday, October 15, 2005


Police start to probe Chongryun

Chongryun, the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, is an organization for ethnic Koreans living in Japan, and has been the defacto North Korean embassy in Japan officially because North Korea and Japan have no diplomatic relations. The organization is also a pressure group and a concession hunter abusing ethnic discrimination, and is firmly suspected to conduct espionage, abductions of Japanese citizens, smuggling in drugs, smuggling out contraband for military purposes, illegal remittance to North Korea, and other illegal activities.
2 held after raid on pro-Pyongyang group

The Asahi Shimbun

Two executives of a pro-Pyongyang science and technology group were arrested Friday on suspicion of passing off questionable "medicine" as miracle cures for AIDS and cancer.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the two, aged 69 and 53, are vice chairmen of the Korean Association of Science and Technology in Japan.

Police said the suspects did not hold the licenses required to retail medicine and are being held on suspicion of violating the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

The association, based in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, falls under the umbrella of Chongryun, the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. The arrests followed police raids earlier in the day of 11 facilities, including the offices of the science and technology association and Kim Man Yu Kagaku Shinkokai (Kim Man Yu science promotion council).

One of the arrested is listed as a director of the council, which is located in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. The same man is also president of MG Seiyaku, a pharmaceutical company based in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, although his registered address is in Toda, Saitama Prefecture.

According to investigations, the two sold six sets of the unproven substance for a total of about 93,000 yen to two people between May 2004 and April this year.

Police said the men told the customers the remedies were an effective cure for cancer or AIDS.

While police did not say what the substance was, they said it contained ginseng, a popular Korean health food.

Although only two sales have been identified, investigators believe there have been many more. They suspect the pair netted between 3 million yen and 4 million yen annually from sales of the substance.

The science and technology association was set up in 1959 to promote research among Korean scientists and engineers living in Japan.(IHT/Asahi: October 15,2005)

Raid on North Korea-linked offices nets two

Police on Friday arrested two men linked to a pro-Pyongyang organization on suspicion of violating the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

The arrests of the two, identified as Hyon Sung Bae and Chong Myong Su, were made after police raided 11 offices belonging to several organizations believed connected to North Korea.

The two have been linked to a group operating under the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun), the police said.

According to the police, the two men allegedly sold unapproved medicines, including those supposedly for cancer and AIDS, to consumers between May 2004 and September 2005 in violation of the pharmaceutical law.

The two also ran ads for the medicine on the Web site of a pharmaceutical firm in Hyogo Prefecture, the police said.

The 11 locations searched Friday include the office of a nonprofit organization created to subsidize scientific research by Korean residents of Japan.

The organization was formed in 1982 by the head of the Nishi-Arai Hospital in Tokyo's Adachi Ward.

The Japan Times: Oct. 15, 2005

N Korea-linked Tokyo hospital under cloud of abduction suspicion

Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 07:12 JST
TOKYO — A group researching suspected North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens said Friday a pro-Pyongyang hospital in Tokyo raided by police the same day over an alleged unauthorized drug sale may have been involved in the 1976 disappearance of a Japanese man.

The Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea made the allegation at a news conference after police raided the Nishiarai Hospital premises.

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