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An independent U.N. investigator on human rights in North Korea will make a five-day visit to Japan on Jan. 25 to hold talks with government officials and relatives of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang’s agents, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea’s human rights situation, will visit Japan for the first time since assuming the post in August.

The Indonesian former attorney general will gather information to file a report on North Korea’s human rights situation for submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly.

North Korea has denied entry to the U.N. rapporteur to assess its human rights situation, insisting it does not violate rights as claimed by other countries. He has thus been compelled to conduct his assessment indirectly via third countries.

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