Japanese Victims of North Korea’s Abductions: Don’t Forget About Us

In Japan’s relationship with North Korea, the ballistic missiles Pyongyang has sent over Japanese islands—including one today—tend to garner the most attention. But there’s a less-noticed matter that, for some, cuts much deeper: the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

Authorities have identified 17 citizens who were forcibly taken from Japan to North Korea since the 1970s. Among those who eventually managed to return to Japan was Hitomi Soga, the wife of Charles Jenkins, who deserted the US military during the Korean War and crossed into North Korea. Soga was abducted in 1978 with her mother, who never returned. Continue reading at Quartz.

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