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The National Police Agency and the Justice Ministry’s Public Security Investigation Agency were handed lists Wednesday of about 200 Japanese who vanished under mysterious circumstances and are suspected of having been abducted by North Korea.

The lists were submitted by the recently formed Investigative Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea. The group, which urged the NPA to reopen investigations into the disappearances, delivered the same list to the Japan Coast Guard and the Cabinet Office later in the day.

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