Oct 1, 2014

Japan plans to send officials to North Korea for abduction details

Japan is planning to send government officials to North Korea to learn details about its investigations into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang, government sources said Tuesday. “Even if we dispatch (officials to North Korea), there would probably be no risk,” one ...

Families fear hundreds left out of abductee debate

Sep 5, 2014

Families fear hundreds left out of abductee debate

by Reiji Yoshida

Feb. 7, 1976, should have been just another Saturday for Susumu Fujita. The 19-year-old college student was leaving his house in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, for a part-time job as a security guard in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. When his father asked if there was any ...

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

Jul 4, 2014

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

The United States offered a tacit approval Thursday to Tokyo’s easing of some sanctions on North Korea, saying it can “understand” Japan’s efforts to resolve abductions of its nationals. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on ...

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.

May 31, 2014

Kim Jong Il ordered improved ties

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011, issued an order in July 2007 to seek improved relations with Japan, and the instruction was conveyed in 2012 to a key official in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government, a diplomatic ...

Revealed: N. Korea hideout of Red Army Faction fugitives

May 17, 2014

Revealed: N. Korea hideout of Red Army Faction fugitives

Photographs have emerged of a building where four leftist Red Army Faction extremists who hijacked a Japan Airlines airplane and defected to North Korea in 1970 are living. The apartment block is located in a village in an upland forested area about 40 minutes ...