Jul 28, 2015

Group supporting visits to graves in North Korea to disband

A group that has been helping people visit the graves of their relatives in North Korea said it will disband after Pyongyang agreed to conduct a survey into the locations of grave sites. Some 34,600 Japanese are believed to have died of hunger and ...

Jul 8, 2015

Keeping North Korea on track

The government should consider carefully how to proceed now that North Korea has sought more time to investigate the fate of the Japanese abductees.

Apr 8, 2015

Despite law, FBI can give ransom to kidnappers

While U.S. policy bans federal officials from doing business with kidnappers, the FBI for years has used a secret exemption to government rules to communicate with hostage-takers and sometimes send money to them, U.S. government sources said. Under a directive issued by President George ...

Mar 31, 2015

Japan extends sanctions against N. Korea to 2017

The Abe administration decided Tuesday to extend Japan’s trade embargo and other unilateral sanctions against North Korea for two years. The decision reflects the lack of progress in North Korea’s reinvestigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s, ...