Few could have remained unmoved by the happiness of the elderly Shigeru and Sakie Yokota televised after their meeting in Mongolia with Kim Eun Gyong, daughter of their daughter, Megumi Yokota, who had been abducted by North Koreans from Japan back in 1977 at age 13.

But why did Megumi’s parents have to wait so long for that happy meeting?

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