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issue with North Korea,” Abe told a news conference, adding that Japan will call for cooperation at the Group of Eight summit in July in St. Petersburg, Russia.

While stopping short of giving further details of his meeting with Kantathi, Abe said he told the Thai foreign minister that Japan would like to provide information it can, especially on Anocha Panjoy, a Thai woman believed to be in North Korea.

Reports of the possible abduction of the Thai woman emerged after Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter who lived in North Korea for almost 40 years, said in his memoirs last year that he had met a woman believed to be Anocha in the North.

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