Hiroko Saito, 77, left, and Hiroko Sakakibara, 68, were lured to North Korea from Japan in 1961 but later escaped back to Japan, and are now suing the North Korean government. Photo: Simon Denyer, Washington Post

Promised a ‘paradise’ in North Korea, Japanese returnees are suing over the lies

A socialist utopia awaits, they were told in the early 1960s, and your every need – work, home, clothes, health care – will be guaranteed by the state

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Hiroko Saito, 77, left, and Hiroko Sakakibara, 68, were lured to North Korea from Japan in 1961 but later escaped back to Japan, and are now suing the North Korean government. Photo: Simon Denyer, Washington Post
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