“We will bring the abductees home” – An Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister Abe

March 2017 marks twenty years since the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea formed a group to represent their concerns. On the eve of this anniversary, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for an exclusive interview with Yukan Fuji—the Sankei Shimbun’s evening newspaper—in which he said that solving the abduction issue, a stark […]

Seeking a resolution through information influx into North Korea-The battle of the Shiokaze radio broadcasts

“We aim for the liberation of all abductees, and of all North Korean citizens suffering under a dictatorial regime.” There is a radio broadcast known as Shiokaze, or sea breeze. Shiokaze’s target listeners are abductees in North Korea, as well as average North Korean citizens. In North Korea, information from outside the country is restricted […]

International pressure is the name of the “weapon” they seek…Why do the families of Japanese victims of North Korean abduction go overseas?

On May 5th, 2015, a symposium hosted by the Japanese government was held at a hotel not far from the United Nations headquarters in New York. At the symposium, a Japanese man presented a speech to an audience that included members of the UN and various world governments. Virtually all of the international community was […]

After 40 years, Victim’s Families Urge to Resolve the North Korean Abductions

“Megumi, I will do whatever it takes to rescue you! Please don’t give up! Everyone absolutely believes you will come home and we are all waiting for you, so keep your chin up!” This was the appeal of a Japanese woman at a rally held in Tokyo, on April 9, 2016. Her name is Sakie […]