Jun 12, 2014

North said to resume reprogramming of abductees

North Korea this spring subjected abductees to mass ideological education on the superiority of the North’s regime, according to the head of a group of victims’ families. While South Koreans make up the vast majority of the abductees, Choi Song Yong, quoting a source ...

Jun 6, 2014

Korean unification and peace

by Yun Byung-Se

When the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015, Koreans will be lamenting 70 years of national division. Yet, those South Koreans who have not given up on the dream of unification are pushing proposals to address the North's humanitarian, infrastructure and welfare ...

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,” ...

Jun 3, 2014

Now Pyongyang must deliver

North Korea's new promise to reinvestigate the decades-ago abductions of Japanese nationals as Japan eases sanctions and provides humanitarian aid is a positive move. Tokyo's challenge is ensuring that Pyongyang follows through on its pledge this time.

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.

May 31, 2014

Kim Jong Il ordered improved ties

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011, issued an order in July 2007 to seek improved relations with Japan, and the instruction was conveyed in 2012 to a key official in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government, a diplomatic ...