Japan Returns Rescued North Koreans, But Why Can’t It Get Abducted Citizens Back?

  The late Akira Yoshimura authored a short story called “The Captain Wept.” In it, the captain of a drifting fishing vessel writes his will as his crew continue to die one after another.   “Listen to what your father says. Do not become a fisherman, even when you grow older. Please become smart, for […]

North Korean Terrorist Vows to Help Return Megumi and Taguchi to Japan

  Part 1: ‘Megumi Knew Kim Jong-il Family Secrets’: Interview with North Korean Terrorist   “Even if we go to Japan, it will be nothing but suffering. Since we will eventually die, anyway, let’s bite an ampule (poison capsule).”   This was what Kim Sun-il, the operative pretending to be a Japanese tourist and father […]

‘Megumi Knew Kim Jong-il Family Secrets’: Interview with North Korean Terrorist

  (First of Two Parts)   The 29th of November was the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed Korean Air flight 858 carrying 115 passengers and crew. Kim Hyon-hui, 55, a former North Korean operative and one of the two responsible for the crime, gave an interview to the Sankei Shimbun in Korea. […]

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 […]

After Landslide Victory, Abe Has To Deliver on Dealing with North Korean Crisis

  With the landslide election victory by the mainly-Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-Komeito coalition, the foundation has been laid for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to continue his medium- to long-term strategy.   Some analysts have said that the LDP win was due to the divided opposition. However, the bigger reason is probably voters’ judgment that only […]

Shakeup in Kim Jong-un’s Party Indicates Pyongyang’s Internal Crisis

  On October 10, the anniversary of the Korea Workers’ Party (KWP), North Korea did not make further military provocations, including additional missile and/or nuclear tests. Given the persistent desire of Kim Jong-un to possess nuclear-equipped missiles that can reach the United States mainland, however, US-North Korea military tensions are destined to remain high. That […]

Asian Missile Crisis: US, Allies Face Consequences of Not Confronting the Problem

  “The four islands of the archipelago should be sunk into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche…. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us.”   This was the message recently delivered by North Korea’s bizarrely-titled “Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.” Even by the standards of the regime’s bellicose rhetoric, threats of outright […]