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 ...

Japan, N. Korea ready to sit down in Beijing

/ Jun 30, 2014

Japan, N. Korea ready to sit down in Beijing

North Korea’s negotiator on the abduction talks with Japan arrived in Beijing on Monday to discuss the specifics of a major agreement struck last month to reinvestigate the disappearances. “I will tell you details of the meeting after it ends” Tuesday, Song Il Ho, ...

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 ...

/ Mar 28, 2014

Easing of sanctions on North possible

Japan’s sanctions against North Korea could be eased if Pyongyang deals squarely with the abduction issue, a Cabinet minister said Friday ahead of renewed intergovernmental talks next week. “If North Korea shows sincere, positive moves toward resolving the abduction issue, it is possible (for ...

Jan 18, 2014

Will Japan prepared mean nature ruined?


“Resilience” is a hot topic these days — not in self-help books, but among policymakers worldwide. As governments become convinced that climate change is a real threat, they are taking steps to ensure communities can bounce back from the increasing impact of floods, storms, ...

/ Oct 21, 2013

Abe weighing big picture on Yasukuni trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will decide “from a broad perspective” whether to visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine by the end of the year, the government’s top spokesman said Monday. “The prime minister himself will decide from a broad perspective. That says it all,” Chief Cabinet ...

North aid contingent on abductees

May 5, 2013

North aid contingent on abductees

Even if North Korea gives up its nuclear arms, Japan would not resume aid to the isolated state until it clears up the abductions of Japanese citizens dating back more than three decades, said Keiji Furuya, minister of state for the issue. Prime Minister ...