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Abductees’ families appeal to new Cabinet

The families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea are placing their hopes on the new Cabinet.


Arimoto Akihiro, the 92-year-old father of abductee Arimoto Keiko, spoke to NHK at his home in Kobe on Wednesday.


He said he wants the newly-elected Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to seek advice from his predecessor, Abe Shinzo, and work with the United States to resolve the abduction issue.


Yokota Sakie, the 84-year-old mother of Yokota Megumi, told reporters on Wednesday that she received a phone call from Kato Katsunobu, who will assume the post of Abductions Issue Minister.


Yokota said she asked him to continue efforts to bring her daughter and others back to Japan.


Yokota said the families simply want their children back. She says it has been terrible not being able to see or hear her daughter for more than 40 years.


She said family members are aging and she is afraid they will all be gone without seeing their loved ones. She urged the government to take the issue seriously.

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