Jul 28, 2015

Japanese group supporting North Korea grave visits to disband

A Japanese group supporting those who visit the graves of their relatives in North Korea said Monday it will disband, after Pyongyang agreed to conduct a relevant survey to meet their demand. Some 34,600 Japanese are believed to have died of hunger and disease ...

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, ...

Mar 29, 2015

Japan ups abduction probe pressure on North

The government is stepping up pressure on North Korea to issue a report on its renewed investigation into Japanese who were abducted by the reclusive state’s agents decades ago. Japan soon plans to extend sanctions against the North, including a trade embargo, it will ...