Japan Coast Guard handed list of people missing at sea, possibly abducted by North

JIJI

The Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to N. Korea, a private Japanese organization, on Wednesday submitted to the Japan Coast Guard a list of 19 Japanese who disappeared in coastal areas or at sea between 1966 and 2005.

The missing people may have been abducted to North Korea. Their names were not disclosed.

On June 5, the commission submitted a list of 65 other missing Japanese, whose names were released.

It has asked the coast guard to conduct an investigation on all 84 missing Japanese on the two lists.

The 19 on the latest list, whose ages ranged from their teens to their 60s, disappeared in coastal areas or at sea between 1966 and 2005.

Kazuhiro Araki, the representative of the commission, said: “Many of the cases were regarded as maritime accidents. What if they were (abductions)? I hope the coast guard will re-examine them.”