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Japan kidnap families still divided

Five Japanese who returned to their homeland after a quarter of a century held in North Korea have marked their first year of freedom. But what should be a time for celebration is marred by the knowledge that their children are still in North Korea. “I’m Japanese and I want everyone in my family to live freely with me in my native land,” Hitomi Soga, who was kidnapped from Sado Island in the Sea of Japan in 1978, told reporters on Wednesday. Her American husband and their two teenage children still live in Pyongyang. Japan has tried to negotiate the relatives’ return without success. Full Story

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