‘Buddhist Way is Not to Discriminate,’ says Priest Who Cremated North Koreans’ Remains

  The cremated remains of 10 bodies from North Korea, which washed ashore along the coastline of Akita Prefecture,- between November and December 2017, are being stored at a Soto Sect Buddhist Temple, Tohzenji in the coastal city of Oga.     The city government entrusted the remains to the temple, where Buddhist priest Ryosen […]

Japan Returns Rescued North Koreans, But Why Can’t It Get Abducted Citizens Back?

  The late Akira Yoshimura authored a short story called “The Captain Wept.” In it, the captain of a drifting fishing vessel writes his will as his crew continue to die one after another.   “Listen to what your father says. Do not become a fisherman, even when you grow older. Please become smart, for […]