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The parents of a girl who has come to symbolize Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and ’80s voiced frustration with the lack of progress on the issue Wednesday — 40 years to the date since their daughter was kidnapped from her seaside town by agents of the isolated nation.

“Why can’t we rescue her? I feel very strongly about this,” Sakie Yokota, the 81-year-old mother of Megumi Yokota, told a news conference to mark her disappearance.

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