• Ogata-mura, Akita

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The April 23 editorial “Progress in abduction probes” is one of the shallowest editorials I have ever read. The editorial simply tells the The National Police Agency’s version of its investigation of the 1973 disappearances of a mother and her two children. The NPA has now concluded that the two children were abducted by North Korean agents.

The editorial does not give any clues whatsoever as to why NPA now after 34 years draws that conclusion, only that “the progress now being made by the police can in part be attributed to cooperation from these former abduction victims.” It is strange that the police’s progress comes five years after those former abductees returned to Japan.

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