Abduction of Japanese Citizens by North Korea

Between about 1970 to 1980, there were a string of incidents involving the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea.
The Government of Japan has currently identified 17 Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

In September 2002, North Korea acknowledged that Japanese citizens had been abducted, and five abductees returned to Japan in October of that year. North Korea has not, however, offered adequate explanations for the fate of the rest of the Japanese abductees. North Korea insists that the abduction issue has been resolved. The North Korean position, however, leaves many questions unanswered, and the GoJ considers it to be unacceptable.

The abduction of Japanese citizens is a matter of grave concern that affects the national sovereignty of Japan and the lives and safety of the Japanese people. Until this issue is resolved, there can be no normalization of relations with North Korea. Among all the issues that remain unresolved between Japan and North Korea, the GoJ places the highest priority on the abduction issue, and is making every effort for its resolution.

in a statement issued by Government of Japan (GoJ)

Dear Readers:

The abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean have unfortunately yet to be resolved although North Korean government officially admitted eight years ago that its spy agency had conducted them.

The gGroup of Seven Individualsh declares to start a new advocacy campaign using new technology for communication gTwitterh to demand North Korean government to immediately resolve the abduction cases, collaborating with all generations of the globe. Please take time to register for Twitter first and then start to expand the campaign to the globe as part of your daily Twitter communication. The Yokotafs have expressed strong support to the campaign expecting that Twitter will deeply reach younger generations who donft know of the abduction cases well.

We plan to adopt a system of gone-click donationh in our website to restart posting advertisements on newspapers about the abduction cases in more countries. We also restart the fund-raising activities to appeal the abduction cases to the public as the issues of human rights and humanity. Although we understand the difficult economic situation of the country, we could not appreciate it anymore if you cooperate for donation even as much as you deem appropreate.

All for resolution of the abduction cases! Letfs work together!


The past activities of gGroup of Seven Individualsh

NewYork Times, December 23th 2002

NewYork Times, April 14th 2009


if you have a moment...

Please watch a video of Megumi's story! (Windows Media Player)

Story: In 1977, Ms. Megumi Yokota, a 13-year-old girl, disappeared on her way home from school. It was revealed later on that she was abducted by North Korea. This film features the anguish of Megumifs family and their desperate effort to bring her back home.

Please see our Government site about Abduction of Japanese Citizens by North Korea!