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Jenkins reportedly against another separation

Kyodo

Charles Robert Jenkins, the American husband of repatriated abductee Hitomi Soga, says he does not want his family to be separated again, according to Japanese officials.

Soga was reunited Friday with Jenkins and their two daughters, who live in Pyongyang, and the family has been staying in a Jakarta hotel.

Kyoko Nakayama, Cabinet Secretariat adviser on the abduction issue, who met with the family, said Sunday that the 64-year-old Jenkins wants “the four to always be together.”

He also recalled how those around the couple had said it would be impossible for them to marry, given their nearly 20-year age difference, according to Nakayama.

She said that the family had curry rice prepared by Soga for dinner Saturday night, and ordered sandwiches via room service for breakfast.

The family, who spent the day in the suite, went out in the evening for the first time since their arrival in the Indonesian capital. They attended a dinner hosted by Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Yutaka Iimura at his official residence.

The four arrived at the ambassador’s residence, about 4 km from the hotel, at 5 p.m. and had dinner after being taken around the garden. Participants included Iimura and his wife, and Nakayama.

The family is passing the time watching videos and CDs that Soga brought from Japan, and are doing laundry using a washing machine especially placed in their suite, Japanese officials said.

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