• Kyodo


Repatriated abductee Hitomi Soga indicated Sunday she will leave it up to the government to decide on a site for her reunion with her husband and two daughters, who are still in North Korea, according to officials.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiken Sugiura said he gained Soga’s understanding about the candidate sites.

Sugiura told reporters after a meeting with Soga at her hometown of Sado, Niigata Prefecture, that she “understood” the government position on the matter.

During the meeting, the government listed several candidate sites. Sugiura said they did not decide on a specific site.

Soga asked him to enable her family to be reunited at a place where they can talk without fear and to help allow all of them eventually to live together in Japan, according to Sugiura.

Soga reportedly told Sugiura that she trusts the government to handle the matter responsibly.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi brought back five sons and daughters of two other abducted couples after his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on May 22.

Soga’s American husband, Charles Robert Jenkins, and the couple’s two North Korean-born daughters, however, refused to travel to Japan.

Jenkins is an alleged U.S. Army deserter.

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