Minister vows results on abductions


Jin Matsubara, who on Friday became new minister in charge of the North Korean abduction issue, vowed Saturday to the parents of an abductee to resolve the cases by all means possible.

“I will do my utmost by taking all measures” to bring an end to the abduction issue, Matsubara told Shigeru Yokota, 79, and his wife, Sakie, 75, whose daughter Megumi was abducted at age 13 in 1977, during a visit to their residence in the city of Kawasaki.

Sakie Yokota expressed hope that Matsubara, who led a cross-party group on the abduction issue, will make headway.

“It feels like yesterday, but it’s already 35 years (since the abduction). I’m so glad someone who is well-versed in the issue became the minister,” she said.