Abe to abductees' families: Japan vows to bring kidnaps victims back home from North Korea

The Japan Times 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed to the families of North Korean kidnap victims on Thursday his government's vow to bring the abductees back home to Japan in cooperation with the United States. In a meeting with the relatives at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Abe said he had also expressed this resolve in his address at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York earlier this month. Also before the U.N. assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump had referred to Megumi Yokota, the daughter of Shigeru and Sakie Yokota who was abducted by North Korea in 1977 at age 13 and has become a symbol of the abductees' plight. Amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, the families of some of the abductees have raised concerns that the issue might be taking a backseat. "As the United States is willing to cooperate in resolving the issue, we will continue to emphasize its importance to the international community," Abe said at the meeting, which was open to the media.

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