Book Provides Insights Into Survival Strategies of Japanese Abducted by North Korea

A scene from the theater play on North Korean abduction.     The Invitation-only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project By Robert Boyton Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux January 12, 2016 271 pages Available in hard cover, paperback, Kindle   Beginning in 1977, North Korean operatives started abducting Japanese nationals. For […]

3 Operations Will Be At Play in US Offensive vs North Korea — Experts

  (Conclusion)   Part 1: Do We Understand War? Japanese Experts Discuss the Realities of Confronting North Korea   Part 2: To Take Down North Korea, Think 2,000 Cruise Missiles   We conclude our 3-part series based on a panel discussion with two top-ranking members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces and journalists from the Sankei […]

Deaths of Abductees’ Family Members Put Pressure on Japanese Government

  Charles Jenkins, former United States military deserter, and the husband of North Korean abductee Hitomi Soga (58 by now), died of a lethal arrhythmia at a Saga hospital in Niigata Prefecture on December 11th. He was 77 years old.       On December 12th, Nobuko Masumoto, the mother of Rumiko Masumoto (64 by […]

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. […]

Can Terror Tag Pressure North Korea to Release Japanese Abductees?

  Will this be a means for progress on the abduction issue?   On November 20th the United States announced that, once again, it was designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. It has been nine years since North Korea was last designated as such.     Economic aid to countries designated as sponsors of terrorism is […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific

  President Donald Trump has just ended a surprisingly successful five-country first visit to Asia. His marathon 12-day tour began on a positive note with a warm reception by Japan’s government and people. There was much curiosity, but no demonstrations against, surrounding his visit—unlike those which occurred in the ROK and the Philippines. Regardless, there was […]

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 […]