September 27, 2023

Decades later, still no clear solution in sight for Japanese abduction issue

North Korea refuses to negotiate, and Tokyo unwilling to entertain the possibility some victims are no longer alive

Forty-four years ago, 13-year-old Megumi Yokota disappeared on her way home from school in Niigata, in central Japan, one of over a dozen victims Tokyo says North Korean agents abducted in the 1970s and 80s.

Earlier this month, her mother Sakie Yokota, who has become the international face of these abductees, urged new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to meet Kim Jong Un in person and help her reunite with Megumi.