Tokyo watches and waits as Biden team formulates its North Korea policy

The Japan Times 

The administration of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is paying close attention to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's approach to nuclear-armed North Korea, as Tokyo seeks to resolve the festering issue of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago. But progress on the issue -- a top concern of Suga -- depends heavily on the course of U.S. relations with North Korea. Japan will convey to Biden's side its position on the abduction issue plus North Korea's missile and nuclear development programs before the U.S. presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, informed sources said. On Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato attended a meeting held in Niigata to seek the resolution of the issue and renewed the government's determination to resolve the issue in cooperation with the next U.S. administration. "We'll make full efforts to bring home all abductees as soon as possible," said Kato, also minister in charge of the abduction issue.