A group related to the late Shin Kanemaru arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday ahead of the 100th anniversary of the influential politician's birthday on Sept. 17.

"Our trip is mainly sightseeing, and we have no political intention," his son Yasunobu Kanemaru said at a hotel in the North Korean capital.

The delegation of nearly 60 people arrived as Japan and North Korea are working to improve ties by addressing the long-festering abduction issue. The party is being led by the eldest son of Kanemaru, a former vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party who worked on establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in the 1990s.