Families Call for Resolution of Abduction Issue

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--Families of Japanese citizens kidnapped decades ago by North Korean spies again called for an early resolution of the abduction issue Monday.

They were among about 1,000 people who attended a gathering held in Tokyo the day before the 17th anniversary of Japan's first summit with North Korea, in which then leader Kim Jong Il acknowledged abductions of Japanese nationals by his country and apologized.

During Monday's gathering, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he feels even more keenly that no more time must be wasted.

It is extremely regrettable that Japan remains unable to bring back the remaining abduction victims, he added.

Shigeo Iizuka, 81, head of a group of abductees' families, said additional efforts must be made to resolve the issue swiftly. His younger sister, Yaeko Taguchi, was 22 when kidnapped in 1978.

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