About Rimjin-gan

● About Our Team – ASIAPRESS and Rimjin-gang

ASIAPRESS International

R_NEX105ASIAPRESS started in Tokyo in 1987 as an independent network of journalists in Asia. Its mission is to raise and support independent journalists in Asian countries that have an underdeveloped media due to political or economic reasons, creating an outlet for independent reports not reliant on the mass media. The network includes altogether around thirty journalists from Japan, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and India.

R_NEX899The ASIAPRESS North Korea team began operations in 1998 based in Osaka. Besides ongoing reports along the China-North Korea border, in 2004 the team began cultivating journalists and creating reports from within North Korea itself. Up to now over one hundred hours of footage have been captured by North Koreans within their country. These images have been shown around the world, including in Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and France.
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Based on our successful reporting in North Korea, in 2007 ASIAPRESS began publishing a magazine entitled “News from Inside North Korea – Rimjin-gang” in Korean and Japanese. (After the 4th issue of the Korean edition was released in April 2009, the Seoul staff began publishing on its own and is no longer connected with ASIAPRESS.)

R_nk_037“Rimjin-gang” is the name of the river that crosses the demilitarized zone and flows into South Korea from the North. One of our North Korean journalists chose this name to symbolize sending the thoughts of the North Korean people to their brothers and sisters in the South.

Note1 : “Rimjin-gang” is the North Korean name for the Imjin River. We will be using this North Korean version throughout the book.

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Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province. September, 2013  ASIAPRESS N.Korea Market Survey Reveals Basic Food Price Hike PHOTO1 N.Korea IT Report – PART1: Kids Master Emoticons and Movies with Mobile phones A bottle of domestic "penicillin", made at the Suncheon medical factory. ASIAPRESS Embezzled UN Aid Circulates in N.Korean Underground – End to Free Healthcare, Illegal Abortions Widespread A political assembly held by a KWP regional branch that took place a half year before the purge of Jang Song-thaek. The ranking officials discussed and addressed the people's allegiance and dedications to Kim Jong-un. (Summer/2013/ASIAPRESS) Possible Firing Squad Executions Punish Violators of “Kim Jong-un’s Instructions” This picture is taken from raw video footage captured in Sosong District, Pyongyang in the summer of 2006. Female students are assembled near the Three Revolution Exhibition museum to practice for a military parade in honor of Kim Jong-il's birthday. Each student is wearing a white shoulder-cloth inscribed with a consecutive number. (Lee Jun / Pyongyang / August 2006) ASIAPRESS The Truth Behind N.Korea’s Military Parades A high-rise building to be more than 20 storeys high, currently under construction. The location and size of the windows are inconsistent, and distorted. (Aug/2011/Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) 〈Photo Report- 6 (a)〉 The Government’s Command is for a “Strong and Prosperous Nation” — but Workers Tired Out at Pyongyang Construction Sites to Build 100,000 Apartments

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  1. <Photo Report> The Abandoned Elderly (PART6) Elderly Women Have to Continue Working: Junk Removal and Recycling, as well as Selling Vegetables. A very elderly woman–who is unable to speak properly–is selling food in a public square.  August 2007, in Lelang District, Pyongyang. Taken by Lee Joon (ASIAPRESS)
  2. <Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART5) The elderly Treated Useless in North Korea, the Land of Courtesy toward the Elderly A grandmother and her grandson, after being kicked out by her son-in-law because he couldn’t afford to feed them anymore, lived in an old air raid shelter in a suburb of Pyongyang.  She told an ASIAPRESS reporting partner in North Korea, “The authority would have me detained if I get caught in a city.”  June 2011, in a suburb of Pyongyang.  Taken by Koo Gwang-ho (ASIAPRESS)
  3. <Photo Report> Female Soldiers are in Miserable Conditions: Mothers are worried about their daughters getting sexually harassed and becoming malnourished. In South Pyongan Province, a female security officer is working at a military facility inside a large-scale factory.  She carries a gun with a bayonet.  She may be a member of the “Worker-Peasant Red Guards” since she does not have a military arm-band.  August 2009, taken by Kim Dong-cheol (ASIARESS)
  4. <Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART4) Collapsed Social Welfare System Has Left the Elderly on the Streets. A grandmother and her grandson, after being kicked out by her son-in-law because he couldn’t afford to feed them anymore, lived in an old air raid shelter in a suburb of Pyongyang.  She told an ASIAPRESS reporting partner in North Korea, “The state authority would have me detained if I get caught in a city.”  June 2011, in a suburb of Pyongyang.  Taken by Koo Gwang-ho (ASIAPRESS)
  5. <Photo Report> Kim Jong-un Spread Enemy’s Culture: Mickey Mouse and All-Female Band Wearing Miniskirts Primary school students with Mickey Mouse school bag.  November 2012, in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province.  Taken by ASIAPRESS.
  6. <Photo Report> Cultures of ‘Enemy Nations” infiltrating into N.Korea: Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, and Doraemon. A mother is holding a Mickey Mouth bag for a child.  In recent few years, various kinds of Mickey Mouse products spread in North Korea.  August 2013, in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province.  Taken by our Team ‘Mindeulle’ (ASIAPRESS)
  7. <Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART3) Collapsed Social Welfare System Has Left the Elderly on the Streets. An old woman is sitting on the street and selling food.  Her business is not going well, and she looks exhausted.  June 2013, in Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province. Taken by our Team ‘Mindeulle’ (AISAPRESS)
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