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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]