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article imageKorean Nukes Linked to Japanese Pinball

By bobSP     Dec 3, 2006 in World
Pachinko, a form of pinball deeply loved in Japan, is an industry run by ethnic Koreans, and experts have long believed that the revenues are a vital source of hard currency for the impoverished regime in North Korea.
Now, as Kim Jong Il's nuclear weapons program gathers pace, Japan's attitude is hardening, and that includes shutting out the ferry on which money is believed to be hand-carried from Japan to North Korea.
"I really don't like that the money I spend could be helping them with those sorts of things," said Kuzuhara, 55, who works in the printing industry and was interviewed on a Tokyo street near several pachinko parlors. "It's making me think twice and cut back on how often I play."
This is one of things that people don't think about until something horrible (N. Korean nukes) happens...the Japanese have played this game for years thinking "hey I'm just helping the nation feed itself" when all the while much of the money has gone to fund their nuke program.
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