North Korea ready to provide list of abducted Japanese

Five abductees were returned to Japan the same year, but North Korea insisted
that the other eight had died in accidents, of illness or had committed

The Japanese government and relatives of the missing say they do not believe
Pyongyang’s claims and the National Police Agency recently added 23 names to
its list of Japanese who have disappeared in mysterious circumstances and
may have been abducted by North Korea. There are now 883 people on the list.

Japan imposed strict sanctions on North Korea when it refused to cooperate
with further efforts to locate the abductees.

Six months ago, however, the two governments resumed direct negotiations on
the issue and Japan agreed in July to start lifting the sanctions if North
Korea would carry out a comprehensive search to locate all Japanese in its

As well as abductees, there are several thousand Japanese women who married
North Korean men but who have been unable to return to Japan since.

There are also a number of Japanese members of the Red Army Faction living in
Pyongyang after being granted asylum in 1970 after hijacking a Japan
Airlines flight.

Families of the abductees have appealed to a meeting of the UN Human Rights
Council for renewed efforts to bring their relatives home.

“Please put pressure on the government of North Korea to release the
abductees,” Teruaki Masumoto, head of the Japan Association of the Families
of Victims Kidnapped By North Korea, said.

“Imagine the pain of the victims suffering in that country,” said Masumoto,
whose sister, Rumiko, was abducted in August 1978 and North Korea claims
died in 1981.

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