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Relatives of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea said Thursday they plan to visit the United States next week to seek both government and public help in settling the abduction issue.

They will make the trip as early as Monday to meet with officials and inform the American public of their plight, according to Shigeru Yokota, whose daughter, Megumi, was abducted in 1977 at age 13 and reportedly died in North Korea.

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