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 […]

Trump Rekindles the Hope of Abductees’ Return

  At a joint press conference on Monday, November 6th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Donald Trump described the relationship between the two countries as something beyond an alliance, rather they called it a “bond.”   In part, this was forged during their meeting, just before the leaders faced the press, with the […]

Trump, Abe Promise to Secure Return of Japanese Abductees From North Korea

  Families of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents decades ago met with United States President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this Monday afternoon, November 6, at the Akasaka Palace in Moto-Akasaka, conveying their hopes for an eventual rescue of the still missing abductees.     Among them was Sakie Yokota, 81, mother of […]

Don’t Lose Interest in Rescuing Japanese Abductees. That’s What North Korea Wants

Abducted and missing people’s photo list   “There is absolutely no sense of urgency. The Parliament isn’t even discussing how to rescue victims.”   In the afternoon of December 9, 2016, Teruaki Masumoto, brother of a  kidnapping victim, made this comment at a seminar after listening to parliamentarians making speeches regarding the abduction issue at […]

Decades After Abduction, Why Can’t Japan Tap Maritime Self-Defense Force to Rescue Victims?

  It was March 24, 1999, at 12:50 AM. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force-guided missile-destroyer Myoko was in pursuit of an unidentified vessel off the Noto Peninsula when the Prime Minister’s official residence issued the first ever order for a “Maritime Security Operation.”     First Lieutenant Sukeyasu Ito, the captain of Myoko at the […]

40 Years After Abductions, North Korean Espionage Continues Inside and Outside Japan

  United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania will visit Japan November 5-7. On the 6th, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a US-Japan Summit and meet with the family of Megumi Yokota, a victim of North Korean abduction. Trump’s visit to Japan amid increasing tension in the region is […]

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 […]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at UN: Time to Enforce Sanctions Against North Korea

  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, September 20, that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.   Here is the full text of the speech he delivered at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New […]

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 […]

Radio Program That Broadcasts to Japanese Abductees in North Korea Needs Financial Help

The Radio representative Kazuhiro Araki (left) is talking to the microphone while Tatsuru Murao (right), executive director of COMJAN and program producer, is calling for support   Amid increasing military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the “Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea (COMJAN),” has finalized preparations for […]

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 […]

Abductee Rescue Team Under the Prime Minister Should Be Created — Nakayama

  It has been four decades at least since dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted by North Korean state agents in Japan, yet the problem has yet to be resolved, anything bold and significant yet to be done by the government to get them back home. What can—and should—be done, immediately?     Kyoko Nakayama, […]