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With regard to recent articles by the Korean Central News Agency of North Korea, it seems that North Korea links its abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and ’80s with the Japanese military’s use of Korean “comfort women” during the Pacific War. Why then should the Japanese government even expect North Korean sincerity in resolving the abduction issue (such as returning surviving abductees to Japan and providing proof that others have died or are no longer in North Korea) when Japan does not show sincerity in addressing the comfort women issue?

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