Kin of Japanese abductees call on government to take concrete steps

Relatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea have called on the Japanese government to take concrete steps to bring back their loved ones.

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the first Japan-North Korea summit, at which Pyongyang admitted to the abductions. Five abductees were repatriated after the summit.

However, 12 of the 17 abductees officially recognized by the Japanese government remain unaccounted for.

Eight parents of abductees have passed away without ever realizing their wish to be reunited with their children.

At a rally Saturday in Saitama City, north of Tokyo, the 45-year-old son of abductee Taguchi Yaeko said there are more and more such cases.

Iizuka Koichiro said looking back on the last 20 years he cannot help but doubt the Japanese government's commitment to bringing back the abductees.

Iizuka said he wants the government to understand the abnormality of the situation over the last two decades. He urged the administration of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to study fresh approaches to break the deadlock and bring back the abductees.