Before founding the Japanese Red Army, Shigenobu was a member of the Red Army faction
, a radical left-wing student organization formed in 1969 in Japan that advocated global revolution through armed violence.
Nine members of the Red Army Faction
, which is known as Sekigunha in Japan, have been given protection in North Korea since hijacking the JAL plane to Pyongyang in March 1970.
Japan would be willing to carry out procedures for the return to Japan of five relatives of former Red Army Faction
members living in North Korea who hijacked a jetliner in 1970, should it receive requests from the five, the top government spokesman said Tuesday.
Japanese Red Army Faction
members who hijacked a Japan Airlines (JAL) jetliner in 1970 and were given political asylum in North Korea ruled out Monday any possibility that North Korea would deport them.
The two daughters of Megumi Yao, former wife of one of the hijackers of the Red Army Faction
group, have changed their last name from their mother's maiden name to their father's surname, people close to the family said Tuesday.
A senior member of a support group for former Red Army Faction
members who hijacked a Japan Airlines (JAL) jetliner in 1970 said Tuesday he will visit the Foreign Ministry later this week to discuss having five of the hijackers' relatives living in North Korea brought to Japan.
North Korea will hold talks with Japan and the United States on deporting Japanese Red Army Faction
members who took political asylum in North Korea after hijacking a Japan Airlines (JAL) jetliner in 1970, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.
Among the six, who were born and raised in the North, will be the 23-year-old daughter of Megumi Yao, the former wife of one of the hijackers of the Red Army Faction
Yoshimi Tanaka, a former Red Army Faction
member indicted for his involvement in the 1970 hijacking of a Japan Airlines (JAL) airliner, has expressed concern about his daughter, who is to move to Japan from North Korea with her mother, sources close to the case said Friday.
The officials said Jo did not refer to the issue of the extradition to Japan of Red Army Faction
members who hijacked a Japan Airlines passenger plane in 1970, nor to the alleged abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korean agents.
The wives of two Red Army Faction
members, who took part in the hijacking of a Japan Airlines plane to Pyongyang in 1970, tried to get two Japanese sisters they met in Spain in 1980 to travel to Vienna apparently with the intention of luring them to North Korea, informed sources said Thursday.
Nine Red Army Faction
members in 1970 hijacked a Japan Airlines plane bound from Tokyo to Fukuoka, taking it first to Seoul and then to Pyongyang.