TOKYO -- Mezzanine I-Pack is a South Korean company located within a 10-minute drive from the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula. It is based in the city of Paju and faces the heavily fortified border with North Korea, and when I recently visited the premises, employees were busy making paper packaging for cosmetics, food products and other merchandise at a plant adjacent to its office.
Mezzanine was founded in 2008 to help North Koreans who fled their homeland settle in South Korea. At present, 10 of its 50 employees are defectors. The company has a unique mission and strives to stay in the black and continue on its quest.