The following information was extracted from Stanley Gibbons web-site, November 29, 2004.

45th Anniversary of Repatriation of Korean Nationals in Japan
Issue Date: December 16, 2004

A world-shaking event took place on December 16, Juche 48(1959)-the ship carrying the first group of Korean nationals who returning to their socialist motherland arrived in the DPRK.

Since then, Korean nationals in Japan began to return to their motherland and they are enjoying a new life in the motherland.

The repatriation, a national right of Korean resident in Japan, was a great victory of the movement of overseas Koreans led by President Kim 11 Sung and a historical event widely called "exodus of a nation from capitalism to socialism".

12 won stamp: The repatriation ship "Mangyongbong"
80 won souvenir sheet : President Kim 11 Sung with the first returned children of Korean compatriots in Japan.


Technical Details Extracted from Stanely Gibbons:

45th Anniversary Repatriation of Korean Nationals in Japan

1 stamp + miniature sheet: Issue Date: 16 December 2004 Series: - Colour: - Printing: offset Paper: - Watermark: - Gum: - Stamp size: 42 x 24 mm M/S size: 95 x 75 mm (51 x 39 mm stamp) FDC size: 162 x 114 mm Perforation: - Designs: W12: M/S W80: Format: - Sheet: - Stamp Quantity: 30.000 (Perf) 2.000 (Imperf) M/S Quantity: 20.000 (Perf) 2.000 (Imperf) FDC Quantity: 2.000 Designer: Kim Hae Yong Printers: - First Day Postmark: -

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