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 Prefecture, ahead of the fifteenth anniversary next month of her return home.

Soga claimed that the abduction issue is "more significant" than the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile development, which is now at the center of global attention.

"I hope everyone remaining in North Korea will be returned to Japan while their relatives are still in good health," she stressed.

Soga called on the Japanese government to make "more efforts than ever to resolve the abduction issue as soon as possible."

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