• Staff Report


Kyoko Nakayama, a special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the abduction issue, said Tuesday she is considering running for a seat in the House of Councilors on the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ticket.

The former Financial Ministry official who grabbed the spotlight as an adviser to Abe’s predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, from 2002 to 2004 on North Korea’s abductions of Japanese made the comment a day after Abe officially asked her to run as an LDP candidate.

Nakayama said being a Diet member would help her to bring back Japanese kidnapped by North Korea, although she said she needs more time to make a final decision. She said she would hold a news conference early next week to announce her decision.

Abe gained much of his popularity by his firm position on the abduction issue, and Nakayama likewise is tough on how to deal with Pyongyang and is believed to have a good relationship with the abductees’ families.

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