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Blank North Korean passports seized at Haneda

Thursday’s Sankei led with the finding that customs authorities at Haneda Airport seized in April about 100 blank passports issued by North Korea that a senior official of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) attempted to bring into the country upon returning from Pyongyang via Beijing. Because Chongryon is a de-facto DPRK embassy that issues passports to Korean nationals, it is suspected of smuggling passports bearing no names, photos, or other information into Japan in the past.

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