• SHARE

OSAKA — The families of 10 people who Tokyo believes were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s were outraged at Pyongyang’s announcement this week that it was suspending an investigation into the case.

“This shows how little you can trust North Korea,” said Shigeru Yokota, whose daughter Megumi disappeared from the Sea of Japan coast in 1977. “For the longest time, they refused to acknowledge that the kidnappings had taken place, and now they say they are suspending their search, in effect admitting that they did abduct them.”

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW