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A quarter of a century has passed since families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago formed an association for collective campaigns to win the early return of their loved ones.

The results so far have been limited at best, however. Five out of 17 people listed by the Japanese government as abduction victims were reunited with their families in Japan in 2002, but two decades later there are few, if any, signs of the other abductees being set free by the reclusive state soon.

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