In a finding that raises serious doubts over the credibility of Pyongyang's accounts of the kidnapping of Japanese nationals, authorities in Tokyo have concluded that bones North Korea claims are the remains of Kaoru Matsuki are probably not his.

Matsuki is one of more than a dozen Japanese abducted by North Korean agents in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Japan will request that North Korea conduct further investigations and provide information on the whereabouts of eight abductees, including Matsuki, whom Pyongyang claims have died, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda told a news conference Tuesday.