U.S. folk star writes song about abductee Yokota

Kyodo News

A song written by Paul Stookey, a member of the legendary U.S. folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, about abductee Megumi Yokota and her family will be released here next week.

The 69-year-old Stookey said he was inspired to write “Song For Megumi” after seeing the documentary film “Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story” last year. The movie tells the story of Yokota’s parents struggle to find their daughter, who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977 at age 13. Pyongyang said in 2002 that Yokota was dead.

The song will be released Wednesday and profits from sales of the CD will go to the Yokotas to help with their work to try to find out what happened to their daughter, according to concert organizers.

Stookey will arrive Saturday for a promotional tour.