18:12 17 September 2016
TOKYO, Sept. 17, Kyodo
Family members of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korea decades ago urged the government on Saturday to seek the swift return of their kin, as Japan marked the 14th anniversary since Pyongyang admitted to the abductions.
“I hope (the government) will put priority on the abduction issue and deal with it separately from missile and nuclear issues,” Shigeo Iizuka, head of the abductees’ family group, said at a gathering of the abductees’ kin and their supporters.
The renewed call to the government by Iizuka, whose sister Yaeko Taguchi was abducted in 1978, comes as there has been no substantial progress over the issue since North Korea agreed with Abe’s government in May 2014 to reinvestigate the abductions.
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