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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Returning Home

TOKYO -- North Korea is pushing ahead with plans to allow Japanese women living in the Stalinist state to visit their homeland, Pyongyang's official media reported Tuesday.

Pyongyang had refused to allow the estimated 1,800 Japanese wives who moved with their spouses to North Korea between 1959 and 1982 to return home.

But an agreement paving the way for the first visits, to be made within one month, was signed Sept. 9.