Reopening the Abduction Case Files – Part Two: How North Korea Used Megumi as a Bargaining Tool

This article originally appeared in the Sankei Shimbun morning edition, September 1, 2012. All ages and dates are counted from that date.   Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korean agents as she was coming home after middle school badminton practice, is representative of North Korea’s abduction victims. If her case is brought to […]

The Families of the Abducted: An Ultimatum and an Idea

The Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea and the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea held a joint meeting in Tokyo on February 19. At the meeting they adopted a new policy for their movement, calling for the government to prioritize the situation of Japanese abductees […]

Reopening the Abduction Case Files – Part One: Why Did North Korea Lie about Megumi’s Death?

This article originally appeared in the Sankei Shimbun morning edition, August 31, 2012. All ages and dates are counted from that date.   “I regret to inform you…”   That was how then-Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Shigeo Uemura began while speaking to Yokota Megumi’s father, Shigeru (79) and mother, Sakie (76), in a room at […]

U.S. Japan Cooperation Expected on Passage of Congressional Resolution on David Sneddon Disappearance

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution at the end of September directing the U.S. government to investigate the disappearance of a young American who is suspected to be a victim of North Korean abduction. This Congressional action is expected to lead to a new vigorous inquiry into Pyongyang’s criminal abduction of foreigners and […]

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 […]

Escaped N. Korean restaurant workers arrive in South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ― A group of North Koreans who escaped from a Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas where they had been working have arrived in South Korea, the South’s government said Wednesday.South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which deals with matters related to the North, provided no other details. Earlier in the day, South Korea’s Yonhap news […]

North Korea’s media praise Trump talk about US troops

TOKYO (AP) ― Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea. The presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee has been getting good press this week in the North’s carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as “wise” and full of foresight and then Wednesday in the official mouthpiece of […]

Strengthening cooperation between the U.S. and Japan on the abduction cases

An American citizen may have been abducted Throughout the heart wrenching history of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens, the United States’ assistance to Japan has been more significant than publicly known. Now the United States is faced with the probability that an American citizen, one of its own, also may have been abducted and […]

International pressure is the name of the “weapon” they seek…Why do the families of Japanese victims of North Korean abduction go overseas? In 1978, no one knew . . . North Korea was abducting women all over the world-

Los Angeles Correspondent for the Sankei Shimbun In the American state of Utah, a man named Ted Bundy was arrested for the serial murder of several dozen women. In Great Britain, the first test tube baby was born. In the jungles of Guiana in South America, about 900 followers of a new American cult, along […]

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 […]

North Korea demands South bring back the 12 waitresses it ‘abducted’in China

PYONGYANG(AP)― North Korea stepped up its calls Tuesday for South Korea to return 12 waitresses whom Pyongyang says Seoul abducted from a restaurant in China. Seoul says the waitresses willingly defected to the South. North Korean authorities on Tuesday presented the colleagues and parents of the waitresses to North Korean and international media in Pyongyang. […]