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Families of Japanese abductees meet with senior DOS official

NHK reported this morning that family members of Japanese abductees who are currently visiting Washington ahead of the U.S.-DPRK summit met with a senior DOS official on Monday. According to the network, Takuya Yokota, the brother of abductee Megumi Yokota, met with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan Chung at the State Department and said 40 years have passed since his sister was abducted and there is not much time left to resolve the issue. In response, Acting DAS Chung reportedly said: “We also understand the abduction issue. We will cooperate to bring all of the abductees home.” Yokota told reporters after the meeting: “We will convey the voices of the families to many government officials ahead of the U.S.-DPRK summit and ask for their support.” The network said the family members are expected to stay in the U.S. until May 5 and meet with other senior USG officials and attend a UN symposium.

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