Abductee exhibition in Geneva to raise global awareness


The government opened an exhibition in Geneva on Thursday covering North Korea’s abductions of Japanese citizens.

The exhibition at the University of Geneva is Japan’s first such event and was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary this year of the repatriation of five abductees and a session in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

The exhibit by the government’s Headquarters for the Abduction Issue features photos of Japanese and South Korean abductees and shows a chronology of the abductions and activities of an association of their relatives.

Shigeo Iizuka, 74, head of the abductee relatives group, said he wants people to know that abductions took place not only in Japan and South Korea but also in other places around the world.

At a symposium Thursday, Shinkun Haku, senior vice minister of the Cabinet Office, spoke on the government’s efforts to resolve the long-standing issue.

Talks set with North


The government on Friday began arranging senior working-level talks to be held with North Korea from next Thursday in a third country, sources said.

A working-level meeting between Japan and the North, which have no diplomatic ties, was held in Beijing in August, the first intergovernmental talks between the two sides in four years.