North Korea's main national daily, Rodong Sinmun, has published a rare article praising a pro-Pyongyang Federation of Koreans living in Japan, known as Jochongryon.
Titled "The legend of love engraved in the history of North Koreans in Japan," the article says late leader Kim Il-sung showed great interest in the planning and construction of the Mankyungbong -- a vessel that was used to carry North Koreans and federation officials to Pyongyang.
It added that Kim said officials from the federation were "revolution comrades."
The move comes a matter of days after Japan lifted some sanctions imposed on the North.
Pyongyang seems to be laying the groundwork to get financial support from the federation again, now that regulations on the transfer of money have been eased.
Around 300-thousand U.S. dollars can be remitted to North Korea without prior approval from the Japanese government.
However, there are voices of concern emanating out of the federation.
Japanese media reports say some businessmen within the federation dread becoming the source of funding for North Korea.
It seems their woes will deepen though, as North Korea continues to cozy up with Japan.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.