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Japan puts North Korean defectors on plane to Seoul

Nine North Koreans who defected to Japan have been flown to South Korea for resettlement.

The group was put on a flight out of Japan on Tuesday. Japanese authorities said they had requested to be sent to South Korea, and Tokyo decided to honor that request for humanitarian reasons.

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Japan moves possible North Korean defectors to immigration facility

Nine possible North Korean defectors who sailed to Japan were moved to a refugee facility in the southern part of the country Wednesday afternoon, according to government officials.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujiwara said the nine people would be temporarily held at an immigration facility.

Earlier in the day, Fujiwara disputed local reports that they would be sent to South Korea.

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Japan weighs request of rare North Korean defectors

Japanese authorities questioned nine suspected North Korea defectors Wednesday, considering their request to be sent to South Korea after they were found in a small wooden boat off Japans western coast.Tokyo is expected to issue a temporary landing permit for the group — three men, three women and three boys — as it weighs how to proceed with the rare defection from North Korea to Japan.Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura hinted that his government was leaning toward honoring the groups desire to be sent to South Korea.

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Possible North Korean defectors found off Japan coast

Japan’s coast guard says it has found an unidentified boat off the country’s western coast with nine possible North Korean defectors.

The coast guard says a local fisherman contacted officials early Tuesday after spotting the unfamiliar vessel in waters near the Noto peninsula.

The three men, three women and three children found on the wooden boat told coast guard officials they came from North Korea.

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