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Yokotas ask for US cooperation on abduction issue

Members of the family of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea have met a top official at the US Embassy in Tokyo and asked for cooperation toward a return of Japanese nationals abducted by the North.


Yokota Megumi was abducted in 1977 on her way home from junior high school in Niigata City, on the Sea of Japan coast.


Her mother Yokota Sakie and twin brothers Takuya and Tetsuya met Charge d’Affaires ad interim Joseph Young at the US ambassador’s residence on Tuesday.


The meeting was reportedly arranged for the Yokotas to express gratitude for letters of condolence from US President Donald Trump and others over the death of Megumi’s father Shigeru in June.


The meeting was held behind closed doors, but the family later met reporters.


They said they asked for cooperation from the US government for a return of all abductees as soon as possible, as their families are getting older.


Yokota Sakie said the meeting made her hopeful, and that she will call for bringing back abductees in cooperation with people of various countries.


She also said she wants Japan’s government to make thorough efforts for a return of all abductees.

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