Abductees’ kin, supporters determined to bring all back


An association of families of citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago and a group of backers resolved to end the issue as quickly as possible at a meeting in Tokyo on Sunday.

The family association and support group, the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea (NARKN), adopted the slogan: “We can’t stand it any more, let’s bring results this year.”

They aim to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to urge the government to rescue all abductees as soon as possible. Speed is of the essence because the abductees and their families are running out of time, they say.

Shigeo Iizuka, 75, who heads the group, said, “We are running out of patience,” adding that the slogan shows “our desperate desire to see good results this year.”