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At the first meeting of the administration’s task force on Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told his Cabinet ministers Tuesday to intensify efforts to ensure all the victims are repatriated.

Hiroshi Nakai, state minister for the abduction issue, said the panel’s secretariat will be expanded to about 40 members, from around 30 at present, including people to be picked from the private sector.

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