Families of Japanese Abductees Frustrated at Lack of Progress


Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--Family members of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago reiterated frustration on Thursday that little progress has been made toward achieving their return home.

Sakie Yokota, the 83-year-old mother of Megumi, who was kidnapped in 1977 when she was 13, expressed relief that the abduction issue was taken up at the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

"Trump said what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had tried to say many times to North Korea," Yokota said.

Tokyo currently has no choice but to rely on efforts by Washington to achieve abductees' return home as there are no prospects for a Japan-North Korea summit anytime soon.

"There have been years of frustration, but there is no choice but to keep watching the situation calmly," Yokota said.

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