Japan, North Korea meet for the first time in 10 years
October 28 , 2014
Meeting for the first time in a decade, officials from Japan and North Korea have held talks on Tuesday, October 28, in Pyongyang over the fate of Japanese nationals abducted in the seventies and eighties.
Their abduction by North Korea has been a stumbling block between the two nations, who don’t have formal diplomatic relations.
North Korea acknowledged in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese citizens; of them, five were returned to Japan. The others had died, according to North Korea.
Japan, however, fears many more of its nationals may have been abducted.