Japan Govt Plans to Support Radio Broadcasts for Abductees

Politics Society

Tokyo, April 2 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering supporting the operating costs of radio broadcasts run by a civic group for Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday.

The group, called Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea, or COMJAN, has been calling for state support since it added to shortwave frequencies for its "Shiokaze" (Sea Breeze) programs sending messages and information to the abductees.

The government "is considering responding (to the state subsidy request) as far as the budget conditions allow," Suga told a press conference.

"We're determined to make all-out efforts to resolve the abduction issue," he stressed.

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