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, […]

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! […]

North Korea and Warmbeir’s Death: Japan Should Take Its Cue From Angry America

  Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati in June 15, 2017. (AP Photo)     The tragic death of a young American in June caused by North Korea’s unspeakably […]

Editorial: Time for Japan to Make the Abduction Issue A Diplomatic Priority

  The abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents decades ago is a national tragedy. It is designated by the Abe administration as the “Most Important Issue,” yet it remains unresolved.   This is because North Korea is the subject of international criticism and pressure for an issue other than the abductions: its continued […]

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 […]

“Megumi” Animé Screened in Brussels to Get EU Support for Abductees

  The Japanese Mission to the European Union (EU) on Wednesday night, May 3, held a screening of the animé Megumi in the Belgian capital of Brussels.   The animé details the abduction of 13-year-old Megumi Yokota (now 53 years old) and her family’s efforts to secure her safe return to Japan. It highlights North […]

Is Megumi Yokota the Key to Ending the Korean Standoff?

This week, in the wake of increasingly shrill North Korean threats, Vice President Mike Pence is in East Asia, rallying the US-South Korea-Japan alliance around the Trump Doctrine of peace through strength.   Vice President Pence told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States was prepared to use force to bring lasting peace […]

Editorial: The Letters to Megumi Should be Read by All

The Sankei Shimbun has begun publishing the series “Letters to Megumi,” written by parents Shigeru and Sakie Yokota to their daughter who is held captive in North Korea.   “Mom was so terribly lonely. She tried to shake her loneliness by immersing herself in efforts to bring the abductees home,” Megumi’s parents write in their […]