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Japan Abductees' Families Eye U.S. Help

Relatives and supporters of Japanese abducted by North Korea left for Washington on Monday to try to persuade senior U.S. officials to help them deal with the reclusive communist state. The four family members, accompanied by three lawmakers, two support group members and a government official, plan to meet with senior U.S. government officials during their five-day visit in Washington, group spokesman Tsutomu Nishioka said. The visit comes less than a week after the group met U.S. Ambassador Howard Baker. The group is concerned their cause may be eclipsed by the standoff over North Korea’s suspected nuclear weapons program. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il admitted last September his military had kidnapped about a dozen Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies in Japanese language and culture. Full Story

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