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By Kevin Buckland
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated on Saturday he was prepared to fulfill North Korean chief Kim Jong Un to try to resolve the problem of Japanese nationals kidnapped within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, media reported.
“I’m decided to face Kim Jong Un immediately myself, with none preconditions,” Kishida stated at a gathering on the problem in Tokyo, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper stated. The and Kyodo information company carried related studies.
Pyongyang admitted in 2002 to kidnapping 13 Japanese residents a long time earlier than. 5 abductees and their households later returned to Japan, saying the others had died.
Nevertheless, Tokyo believes 17 Japanese had been kidnapped, and continues to research the destiny of those that did not return, in line with native media.