Dear Megumi: President Trump Listened to Your Story, and That Gives Us Hope

Megumi Yokota, 2nd from the left watches the Sea of Japan in 1976. Next year she was abducted by North Korean agents.   Hello, Megumi.     The time of year in Japan when the leaves change colors has passed. We feel the cold more and more each day.  You really loved nature. We want […]

Dear Megumi: The Fifth Abductee Was Released, but I Am Still Waiting for You to Return Home

Sakie Yokota walks with her children. Megumi (right) was with family 42 years ago.    Dear Megumi,   It’s autumn, the season when the clear sky seems so distant and nature transforms into a beautiful deep green in Japan. At times I almost lose hope, but the support from all those who have sworn to […]

Dear Megumi: One Day, You and Other Kidnap Victims Will Set Foot on Japan Again—If Our Gov’t Works For It

  Dear Megumi,   In Japan, we are blessed with beautiful autumn skies, and the cosmos flowers are blooming. Our home in Niigata had beautiful cosmos, didn’t it? They remind us of you more. Despite being a cheerful child, fond of flowers, with a love for “freedom,” you were captured by the country where freedom […]

Letter to Megumi: Somewhere in North Korea, We Know Your Hidden Strength Will Make You Survive

Megumi(center) and her little brothers before she was abducted   Hello, Megumi.   Here in Japan we have been having one really hot day after another.  What are the summer days like where you are? Your mother and father are getting on in years and the summer heat and sun are ever more of a […]

Letter to Megumi: We hope you’ll return to the Japanese Summer and Your Mother’s Stew

Megumi(center) had happy time travelling to Hiroshima with her parents Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, and her little brothers Takuya and Tetsuya.     Hello, Megumi.   Summer has come in Japan. It is greener and greener by the day. Your favorite flowers are in bloom all over.   Megumi, we remember you with such fondness! […]

Letter to Megumi: We Long to Have You Back for the Next Children’s Day

Megumi Yokota, left is sitting with her mother Sakie who is holding Megumi’s twin brothers in her hand on the Children’s Day   Hello, Megumi.   It’s Children’s Day in Japan right now. Remember what a fun day this was for our family? Remember how we played and had sushi and baked a cake? We […]

A Letter to Megumi: “Forty years have gone by without you… Don’t ever give up, you are going to come home”

Megumi, hello. Spring has come round again. It is the season of graduations and matriculations. In the springtime forty years ago, Dad took a picture of you in your middle school uniform standing under the cherry trees. Those cherry trees were especially beautiful. The picture was taken after you had fallen ill and been unable […]