Jul 4, 2014

Watch progress on abduction issue

The government needs to watch North Korea to ensure that it follows through on a pledge to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents, now that Japan has decided to lift some economic sanctions on the country.

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 ...