Strange Tale of Woman Who Wants to Go to North Korea

A Japanese woman whose family took her to North Korea in 1960 and subsequently was smuggled into China in 2003 wants to return to North Korea. She misses her five children and finds Japan “cold, almost like ice.”

This woman seeks returning to a closed society in which individual rights have no place. The pull of family appears to be a more powerful force in her life than individual freedom. Years ago, the psychiatrist, Eric Fromm, wrote about a human desire to “escape from freedom.” This woman voluntarily wants to be in the closed regime of North Korea because lack of freedom is not as important as feeling part of a family.

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