Jenkins, Husband of Ex-Abductee to North Korea Soga, Dies at 77 (News)


Niigata, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)—Charles Jenkins, the husband of Soga Hitomi, who was abducted by North Korea in 1978 and returned to Japan in 2002, died of fatal arrhythmia on Monday. He was 77.

Jenkins, a former US soldier from North Carolina, deserted the US forces in South Korea and crossed the Korean demilitarized zone in 1965. He taught English in North Korea.

Jenkins married Soga, now 58, in 1980. The couple had two daughters.

At a historic Japan-North Korea summit in Pyongyang in September 2002, North Korea admitted kidnapping Japanese nationals. Five abductees, including Soga, returned to Japan the following month.

Jenkins and the daughters left North Korea in July 2004 for a reunion with Soga in Jakarta, from which they flew to Japan.

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