is now celebrating a one-week New Year’s holiday.
48 days ago, our member Takayuki Noguchi and the two
North Korean refugees, a man and a woman, were arrested by the
Chinese authorities. They are still being held in Nanning prison.
week, relatives of the female refugee formally asked
the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tokyo office
of UNHCR to arrange for them to go visit her in the Nanning prison.
That request has not yet been granted.
female refugee has relatives of Japanese nationality,
so we at LFNKR prepared a detailed family chart to help urge the
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to exert greater efforts
to gain the release of both defectors to Japan.
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs seems to be considerably
more sensitive to comments and attention from abroad and are usually
quicker to respond to foreign voices. For that reason, we would
like to ask if you would be willing to send them a message urging
action (I’ve included a sample message below).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not reveal their email
address, but they do provide a simple message form on their Japanese
website, where it’s easy to send them an email.
Go to http://www3.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/mail/qa.html
– you won’t be able to read the Japanese text on
that page, but the form will work perfectly for you.
Starting about midway down the page, you’ll
find the form.
In the first box, enter the title of your email
(example: Please help get Mr. Noguchi out of China)
second box is larger, and this is where you post your
message. (Easiest way is to copy and paste your note into the
third blank box is where you can enter your own email
address (or you can omit this, if you prefer).
the remaining 4 lines.
to the very bottom of the page where you’ll find
The button ON THE LEFT is the
click the button on the right –
it erases everything you just typed.
edit page will come up, giving you the chance to review
and change what you wrote.
To send, click the BOTTOM LEFT
that’s it – 3 boxes, click the SEND button,
then click the SEND button again on the next page, and it’s
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees
is a sample letter
can adapt into your own words
Please help get Mr. Noguchi out of China
Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs,
was distressed to learn about the young Japanese man named Takayuki
Noguchi who was arrested on Dec. 10 last year together with two
North Korean defectors he intended to help.
distressed me even more to learn that they are all still being
detained in Nanning prison. It is now being reported that Mr.
Noguchi may be prosecuted and sentenced to as much as 10 years
in prison. Why is such a courageous young man, of whom Japan should
be very proud, being persecuted like this for his humanitarian
and highly principled actions?
greatly admire his noble will and his brave acts as a humanitarian
aid worker. Further, it amazes me that China has the effrontery
to continue holding the two defectors, both of whom were born
is it that the Japanese government can take such a long time to
gain the release of Mr. Noguchi and the two defectors to Japan?
I hope that you will demonstrate for the world that the Japanese
government does respect human rights and humanitarianism by dealing
with the Chinese government firmly.
look forward to hearing good news from Japan very soon.