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Japanese Kidnap Victims Take Center Stage

Japan has plenty to worry about when it comes to North Korea. The country has missiles capable of hitting Tokyo, its nuclear program is a growing threat and its unpredictable regime could spark a conflict that would destabilize the whole region. But for Japan, a different issue takes center stage in its dealings with Pyongyang: the Japanese kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s. The plight of the people who were abducted and their family members still in North Korea dominates government discussion about the reclusive state. Polls show it’s a top public concern, and a stalemate with Pyongyang over the kidnappings has blocked substantial bilateral contacts for more than a year. Full Story

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