The Rescue Association gave senior posts to conservative politicians and worked with them to use the abductee
issue to derail normalization talks and shift the government's overall approach to North Korea.
They also confirmed that one abductee
not on the list was alive.
also frequently claim a profound transformation, ranging from healing powers to spiritual insight, and a new awareness of humans' potential for destruction.
22 -- North Korea's official newspaper Rodong Shinmun alleges the new Japanese government under Prime Minister Taro Aso has nullified a bilateral deal covering the North's reinvestigation of Japanese abductees
and Tokyo's lifting of some of its sanctions once the probe starts.
Shigeo, who heads the abductee
families' group and the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea, and Koichiro gave the poster made by the Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea to Kim in March last year when the three met for the first time in Busan, South Korea.
I know the abductee
issue is of great concern here in Japan and I will be meeting with families later today to express my personal sympathy and our concern about what happened to those who were abducted,'' Clinton told a press conference before the meeting with the families of the abductees
North Korea hinted at the existence of other Japanese nationals it had abducted, apart from the 17 abductees
on Japan's official list, during preparatory talks for a bilateral meeting in June in Beijing, Japanese government sources said Wednesday.
The government must now press North Korea hard to conduct a thorough investigation into Japanese abductees
so that they can return home as soon as possible and so that the truth about them can be learned.
During her visit to the United States, Sakie and other relatives of abductees
called for international economic sanctions against North Korea to force it to return Japanese and other nationals abducted by North Korea.
After a protest in front of the North Korean mission to the United Nations on Tuesday, the group will visit Washington to join Sakie Yokota, the mother of Japanese abductee
Soga and about 10 members of her local support group set up tables in a makeshift tent, calling for signatures and handing out blue ribbons symbolizing the plight of the abductees
to visitors at the park.
Yokota, 70, became the first relative of a Japanese abductee
to testify at a U.