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.

Abductees harbor hopes for Tokyo-Pyongyang settlement

May 22, 2014

Abductees harbor hopes for Tokyo-Pyongyang settlement

Several Japanese abducted as children and taken to North Korea in the 1970s and ’80s are hoping that the upcoming talks between the two nations may bring some closure to their ordeal — although the issue is far from resolved for families whose relatives ...

May 12, 2014

Japan to suggest foreign minister talks with North Korea at ARF

Japan plans to sound out North Korea about holding foreign ministerial talks on the fringes of a regional conference in early August in Myanmar, a Japanese government source said Sunday. Japan hopes to make use of the meeting between Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and ...

| May 7, 2014

Boko Haram: a widening spiral of extremist violence

Boko Haram, which has intensified its attacks in Nigeria and claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls, threatening to sell them like slaves and force them into marriage, has killed thousands since 2009. The Islamist group started out as a movement popular among ...

Obama meets abductees' kin, pledges to help solve issue

Apr 24, 2014

Obama meets abductees' kin, pledges to help solve issue

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed at a meeting Thursday with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea that the United States will work with Japan to address the long-running issue, one of the attendees said. Sakie and Shigeru Yokota, the parents of Megumi Yokota, ...

Apr 18, 2014

Abe to seek Obama's 'acceptance' of North abduction talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s “acceptance” at their summit next Thursday of Tokyo’s consultations with Pyongyang on the abduction issue, a government source said Friday. The abductees in question were Japanese who were kidnapped by North Korean agents ...

Apr 11, 2014

Meeting urged between Obama, abductee kin

Japan has requested that U.S. President Barack Obama meet with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents when he visits in late April, according to Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue. “We have informed Mr. (Robert) King, U.S. special ...

Apr 6, 2014

Japan, N.K. envoys may hold secret talks soon

Japanese and North Korean diplomats are exploring the possibility of secretly meeting in the not-so-distant future to capitalize on their first formal talks since November 2012, a source familiar with the situation said. The rendezvous could occur in the next couple of days in ...

Apr 5, 2014

Yokota's parents brief U.S. envoy

The parents of Megumi Yokota, a symbol of the abduction issue involving Japanese snatched by North Korea, said Saturday they have briefed a visiting U.S. envoy on their meeting last month with Yokota’s daughter in Mongolia. Sakie Yokota, 78, said she and her husband, ...