Ruling party officials voiced hopes for progress in the abduction issue on June 8 in light of President Donald Trump’s pledge to raise the abduction issue at the U.S.-DPRK summit at the request of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The opposition parties’ reactions were mixed.
Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council Chairman Fumio Kishida told reporters at the party headquarters: “Mr. Trump has made a powerful statement. It was significant, both in terms of timing and substance.”
Komeito Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue also told a news conference: “It is a major achievement that Japan and the U.S. reconfirmed close cooperation for an early solution to the abduction issue.”
Ruling party members support Abe’s strong desire to hold a Japan-DPRK summit in order to resolve the abduction issue. Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said: “Japan is directly involved in this issue. We must grasp this opportunity to move in the direction of holding a Japan-DPRK summit.”
Meanwhile, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Tetsuro Fukuyama hailed the development at a party meeting. However, he added: “I don’t know what the real reason is for talking about a Japan-DPRK summit even before the U.S.-DPRK summit produces any results.”
Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) Secretary General Nobuyuki Baba said; “We hope that the issue of lifting the sanctions (on North Korea) will be handled very carefully.”