September 27, 2023

Longtime head of influential North Korea abductee group dies at 83

Shigeo Iizuka fought for the return of Japanese nationals taken to the DPRK after his sister was abducted in 1970s

The head of the most influential group representing families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea and a brother of one such victim has died at the age of 83.

Shigeo Iizuka, whose sister Yaeko Taguchi was taken by North Korean agents in 1978, served for 14 years as head of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea until earlier this month.