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Japanese Abductee Families May Meet with Trump in November (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)—US President Donald Trump is likely to meet with the parents of Yokota Megumi and other members of the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago during his planned visit to Japan early next month, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday. Through the meeting, Japan and the United States aim to demonstrate to North Korea their s…

Japan’s Kōno Urges All Nations to Sever Ties with North Korea (News)

New York, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)—Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Kōno Tarō on Thursday urged all countries to sever diplomatic and economic relations with North Korea in the wake of its recent series of provocations. "We are now facing an unprecedented threat that is more grave and imminent to the security of the entire international community," he said in a speech, titled "Diplomacy in Creep…

Abe Calls for Creating Environment Forcing North Korea to Seek Talks (News)

New York, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō underscored the importance of creating an environment that forces North Korea to seek talks, during a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Abe said it is necessary to step up pressure on North Korea now, following the reclusive country's sixth nuclear test …

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile over Japan Again (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)—North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile over the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaidō on Friday morning, making another military provocation less than a week after the United Nations Security Council adopted a fresh, stricter sanctions resolution against the reclusive country. The missile seemed to have flown over Hokkaidō and fallen into the Pacific Ocean s…

Abe, Modi Call for Maximizing Pressure on North Korea (News)

Gandhinagar, India, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, called for maximizing international pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and missile development, at a summit in the western India city of Gandhinagar on Thursday. At their tenth meeting, the two leaders confirmed their countries' commitment to fully implementing the Unite…

Ex-Victim Soga Alarmed by Waning Public Interest in Abduction Issue (News)

Sado, Niigata Pref./Daisen, Tottori Pref., Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)—Soga Hitomi, a former Japanese abductee to North Korea, on Wednesday voiced a sense of crisis about waning public interest in the issue of North Korea's abductions decades ago. "I feel the public is gradually losing interest in the abduction issue," Soga, 58, told a press conference in the Sea of Japan island city of Sado, Niigata…

North Korea Considered to Possess Nuclear Weapons: Japanese Minister (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)—North Korea is considered to possess nuclear weapons given the size of its latest nuclear test, Japanese Defense Minister Onodera Itsunori said Sunday. "Given that the nuclear test had a yield of about 160 kilotons, ten times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, we have no choice but to think that North Korea possesses nuclear weapons," Onodera told re…

Nagasaki University to Launch English Journal on Nuclear Disarmament (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)—Nagasaki University said Monday it will launch an English-language academic journal on nuclear disarmament. "We'd like to bring up the issue of what tragic results nuclear arms and wars have caused, based on scientific evidence," university president Katamine Shigeru told a press conference in Tokyo. Katamine also criticized North Korea for conducting its sixth nu…

North Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test (News)

Seoul, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)—North Korea claimed Sunday that it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded into an intercontinental ballistic missile, escalating tensions further over the Korean Peninsula despite international calls for restraint. North Korea's nuclear weapons research institute detonated a hydrogen bomb with perfect success at a test site in the northeastern par…

North Korea Fires Missile over Japan Without Warning (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)—North Korea launched a ballistic missile from the country's western coast over Japan at 5:58 on Tuesday morning without warning, the Japanese government said. The missile is believed to have fallen into the Pacific Ocean some 1,180 kilometers east of Cape Erimo in Hokkaidō after flying over the Oshima Peninsula in the northernmost prefecture. There has been no report…

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