(Sankei: March 12, 2015 – p.5)
A Chinese woman of Korean descent provided one billion yen for the purchase of the headquarters’ building of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun), sources associated with the Japanese government and Japan-North Korea affairs disclosed on March 11. The woman entered Japan in January from China, met secretly with people connected to Chongryun, and remitted the money to the warehouse company that won the bid.
There was a suspicion that one billion yen had been remitted from Hong Kong for the purchase of the headquarters’ building. Assuming that without the one billion yen remitted by the woman, the purchase would not have been possible, public security authorities are hurriedly unraveling a course of events including the origin of the one billion yen.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the woman is a businessperson employed by a shipping company in Hong Kong. She remitted the money to a Yamagata warehouse company called “Green Forist” [phonetic], which bought the headquarters building for 4.4 billion yen and will reportedly lease it to the Chongryun.
The woman entered Japan around the middle of January immediately before the remittance of the money and met the Chongryun related people at various places. It appears that she met with a Korean resident in the Kansai region who has a strong connection with North Korea to discuss a method to raise the money needed for the continuous use of the headquarters’ building.