Japan frustrated over slow pace of NKorea abduction probe


TOKYO: Tokyo voiced its frustration on Friday a year after North Korea said it had started re-investigating the fate of Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang’s spies decades ago, with no new leads in sight. “It is extremely regrettable that no abduction victims returned home although it’s been a year since the investigation started,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a parliamentary session. North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train its spies in Japanese language and customs. The issue is a highly-charged one in Japan, where there are suspicions that perhaps dozens of other people were taken.



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