Asia One has a piece on Kaoru Hasuike and his new book.  He was abducted some 34 years ago and spent 24 years in North Korea – his story seems to be an interesting one:

Hasuike, 55, was abducted by North Korean agents on the beach of Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, in July 1978. At first, stricken with fear and bewilderment, all he could do was scream, “Let me go home!” As it became clear there was little chance he could return home, thoughts of suicide crept into his mind.

Detained in a so-called guesthouse in a valley, watched by security guards and surrounded by barbed wire, he was shown anti-Japan movies by North Korean officials who served as supervisors and instructors. Hasuike was forced to read a collection of papers written by Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea.

I would love to read more about his life there during the great famine and his relationship – if any – with the other “guests” in North Korea.