A book titled 'A Hidden Aspect of Relations Between Japan and North Korea in Postwar Era' was published. The book was coauthoured by Professor Mitsuhiko Kimura, School fo International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo and Mr Keiji Abe, Foremer Director of Tsukuba Management Office, Organization for Promoting Chemical Techonologica Starategy in Japan.
The Abstract of the book describes as follows:
「This book discusses a long-hidden aspect of postwar Japanese-North Korean relations, that is , North Korean acquistition of Japanese advanced technology and products and its related intelligence in Japan. This aspect recenttly has come to attract considerable attention in Japan regarding North Korean nuclear and missile developments, because of suspicion that licitly or illicitly imported Japanese machine, chemical, metl and other products have plyaed an important role in those developments. In fact, North Korea did use many kinds of Japanese products for them. Moreover, use of Japanese products has been a common phenomenon in military construction in North Korea. This is because Kim Il-sung rioritized the military buildup from the very satart of the foundation of the state and strategically pushed for imports of Japanese products for that purpose. This book examines the process above in detail, using data on Japanese exports to North Korea from early 1960s on and related information form formal and informal sources. Noting that North Korea politically had strong backing of the Soviet Union, this book also looks into North Koreqan acquisition of products from the Soviet Union and finds that the role of thiose products in North Korean military-industrialization was quite limited as against conventional wisdom. A major reason for this was that the Soviet Union, lacking an internal mechanism producing a ceaseless flow of technological invention, was incapable of providing North Korea with the products in need, especially, high quality industrial material and precision machines. Further, this book discusses recent emergence of China, in replacement of Japan, as a leading supplier of manufactured products for North Korea, as a result of both tightened Japanese export ocntrol and Chinese industrial growth. We note in conclusion that the overall North Korean acquisition and employment of Japanese technology and products is ultimately derived from a sharp contrast in nature of regimes between North Korea and Japan, that is, the former being militarist and the latter pacifist almost to the extreme each other. Afuture task is to discuss, from the same perspective, relations between Japan on the one hand and the Soviet Union and China on the other. This will have profound implications for study of impacts of Japanese industrial development cum popular pacifist policy on world politics in the cold war era.」