Jenkins, Soga, daughters Sado-bound


Former abductee Hitomi Soga will return Friday to her hometown of Sado, Niigata Prefecture, along with her husband, Charles Jenkins, and their two North Korean-born daughters, the Sado Municipal Government said Wednesday.

The four will leave the U.S. Army’s Camp Zama in Kanagawa Prefecture, on Friday morning and arrive in Sado in the evening. They are scheduled to attend a news conference there, according to the local government.

The family has been staying at Camp Zama since Jenkins, a former U.S. Army sergeant, was released from a military brig at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka Base last week.

Jenkins, 64, reunited Saturday with Soga, 45, and their daughters — Mika, 21, and Brinda, 19 — after serving time for deserting to North Korea in 1965 and aiding the enemy. He had been court-martialed, dishonorably discharged and sentenced to a month in the brig, but was freed six days early.