Jul 4, 2014

Japan finalizes decision to ease sanctions on N. Korea

Japan on Friday finalized its decision to lift some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea after assessing Pyongyang’s preparation to tackle the abduction issue as sincere. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet formally approved the decision made a day earlier by him and his ...

Jul 3, 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions on North Korea, says Abe

Japan will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, the prime minister said Thursday, as talks on the kidnapping of Japanese nationals are showing signs of progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo judged Pyongyang had shown sufficient willing in resolving the ...

Rocky start for Japan-North Korea talks on abductions

Jul 1, 2014

Rocky start for Japan-North Korea talks on abductions

Senior Japanese and North Korean officials discussed specifics Tuesday of Pyongyang’s promised establishment of a new body that will look into its past abductions of Japanese nationals. During the first part of their meeting in Beijing, Song Il Ho, North Korea’s top negotiator, said ...

Jun 17, 2014

North notification details discussed

Officials from Japan and North Korea are discussing how Pyongyang will inform Tokyo about the launch of a unit to conduct fresh investigations into the abductee issue, Cabinet members said Tuesday, which could happen as early as this week. “I understand (the two governments) ...

Jun 12, 2014

North said to resume reprogramming of abductees

North Korea this spring subjected abductees to mass ideological education on the superiority of the North’s regime, according to the head of a group of victims’ families. While South Koreans make up the vast majority of the abductees, Choi Song Yong, quoting a source ...

Jun 3, 2014

Abe says talk of N. Korea visit 'premature'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday it is premature to discuss whether he will visit North Korea, following Pyongyang’s recent promise to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. “It’s too early to make a decision on that,” ...

May 31, 2014

Pyongyang abduction post eyed

Japan could station diplomats and police in North Korea following Pyongyang's vow to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese abductees.