May 25, 2024

Who is So Tae Ha, head of the Japanese abductions investigation?

Vice minister’s actual role remains unclear, but may be close confidant to Kim Jong Un

North Korea announced on Friday that it launched “the special investigation committee” to look into the fate of Japanese abductees and other missing people in the North decades ago.

Masked in mystery, one man became the immediate focus of the Japanese intelligence community. That is So Tae Ha, chairman of the special investigation committee. Experts are now trying to figure out his true identity.

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