Relatives Seek Support for Prompt Return of Abductees


Washington, May 3 (Jiji Press)--Relatives of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea decades ago called for cooperation on Friday to bring all of the victims back home immediately.

At a seminar held in Washington, Takuya Yokota, a younger brother of Megumi Yokota, who was kidnapped to North Korea in 1977 at the age of 13, said that their father, Shigeru, 86, has been in ill health since last year.

The longer the rescue efforts take, the greater the risk will be of the father being unable to reunite with his daughter, Takuya said, adding that families of the abductees are really running out of time.

Koichiro Iizuka, the son of Yaeko Taguchi, who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1978 at the age of 22, said that two U.S.-North Korea summits, held in June 2018 and February this year, are believed to have given North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an opportunity to reconsider the abduction issue.

North Korea should decide to return all abduction victims immediately and take steps toward a new future, he stressed.

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