January 20, 2022

Family of abductee calls for Japan-DPRK summit to resolve kidnapping issue

New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says he’s willing to meet Kim Jong Un for talks on kidnapping of Japanese nationals

Family members of a Japanese national abducted by Pyongyang in the 1970s have urged the country’s new prime minister to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the long-standing kidnapping issue.

The appeal comes as former foreign minister Fumio Kishida officially became prime minister on Monday, following his election as leader of the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party last week.