Abductee hopes hinge on Kim

/ Aug 29, 2014

Abductee hopes hinge on Kim

Japan is confident some of the more than a dozen citizens abducted by North Korean agents over three decades ago are alive, and is counting on Kim Jong Un to return them, said the minister in charge of the issue. “We are holding negotiations ...

/ Aug 15, 2014

Japan imposes asset freeze on North Korean shipping firm

The government on Friday froze the assets of the operator of a North Korean ship seized for smuggling arms, the Foreign Ministry announced, just as Tokyo is engaged in talks with Pyongyang to return Japanese citizens kidnapped decades ago by North Korean agents. The ...

Jul 20, 2014

North Korean facility in Sinuiju houses abductees: source

A facility in the North Korean city of Sinuiju, near the border with China, is being used to provide accommodation for more than 10 Japanese nationals, including those abducted by Pyongyang agents decades ago, reporters learned Saturday. Residents at the facility include a Japanese ...

/ 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 ...

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.

Jul 17, 2013

Abductee Matsumoto 'living in Pyongyang'

A Japanese woman believed to have been abducted by North Korea in 1977 is currently living in Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing information given to local media Tuesday night by South Korea’s state intelligence agency. Kyoko Matsumoto, who disappeared from Yonago, ...