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Five abducted Japanese bond
AFAR
12/21/2002

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Since their return to Japan in October, five Japanese nationals who had been abducted by North Korea in 1978 are settling back into their home country. Yasushi and Fukie Chimura, Kaoru and Yukiko Hasuike, and Hitomi Soga met recently in Niigata Prefecture, the first time being together since their abduction in North Korea. The five have expressed no interest in ever returning to North Korea, where their children and Soga’s husband remain. Back in 1978, thirteen Japanese nationals were abducted by North Korea. This year, after denying responsibility, Pyongyang confessed that it had indeed abducted the Japanese but claims that the remaining eight abductees from Japan are no longer alive.

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