Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy on the North Korean abduction issue is getting nowhere, Toru Hasuike, brother of abductee Kaoru Hasuike, said Monday in Tokyo.

"Prime Minister Abe has risen to his post by depicting himself as a hard-liner toward North Korea, but no progress has been made on the issue. He is merely using the issue politically," Hasuike told a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

His brother was repatriated in 2002 after being abducted by North Korea in 1978.