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’05 Pyongyang data Yokota-linked

Kyodo

Data on Pyongyang residents the government obtained almost a year ago include details of a woman believed to be Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korea in 1977, ruling coalition sources said.

Authorities are analyzing the electronic data, thought to have been compiled in 2005 by North Korea’s public security service, to determine whether they indicate Yokota was alive at the time and provide clues as to her whereabouts

But they have yet to conclude the woman is Yokota.

According to the data, the woman has the same date of birth as Yokota, Oct. 5, 1964. Her husband’s name was listed as Kim Young Nam and the Korean characters matched those in the name of Yokota’s husband, a South Korean abducted by the North decades ago.