Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)–Families of Japanese citizens abducted to North Korea Friday regretted the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had made the abduction issue a top priority.
“I wanted him to stay as prime minister until a resolution is reached,” said Akihiro Arimoto, the 92-year-old father of Keiko, who was abducted at the age of 23.
Sakie Yokota, the 84-year-old mother of Megumi, who was abducted at the age of 13, said, “It’s regrettable, but can’t be helped.”
“We want a successor to take over the task and do it while sharing the same feeling with us,” she said.
Hitomi Soga, a 61-year-old former abductee, said, “Whoever will become prime minister should make a great deal of effort until all abductees return home.”
Kenichi Ichikawa, the 75-year-old brother of Shuichi, who was abducted at the of 23, expressed gratitude to Abe for his efforts. “Abe had been committed to a solution than any of his predecessors,” he said.