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Family of Japanese abductee meets U.S. diplomat

  • August 25, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 8:45 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)–The family of Megumi Yokota, an abductee to North Korea, met with Joseph Young, U.S. charge d’affaires ad interim in Japan, on Tuesday.

Sakie Yokota, 84, the mother of Megumi, who was kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1977 at the age of 13, thanked Young for a letter of condolences that U.S. President Donald Trump sent to the family when Sakie’s husband, Shigeru, died in June at 87.

Also in the meeting, which lasted for 45 minutes, Young told the family that Washington will continue to extend support for resolving as early as possible the issue of the reclusive country’s abductions of Megumi and other Japanese nationals decades ago, according to the secretariat for the Japanese government’s headquarters tackling the issue.

After the meeting, Sakie said that “I wish countries will work together with hopes on addressing human rights issues” related to North Korea.

Takuya Yokota, 52, a younger brother of Megumi, said he was cheered by Young’s remarks that the United States will continue to show solidarity with abductees’ families.

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