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Shigeo Iizuka, ex-head of N Korea abductee families group, dies at 83

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voiceofokinawaDec. 18  09:55 pm JST

Mark E,

FYI. If the returned remains had already been cremated, it's said a DNA analysis would be next to impossible to perform. And I think the remains had already been cremated.

Under the influence of Confucianism, cremation has been long hated as " same as killing the dead twice", thus interment is still common in North. You know the bereaved families wouldn't believe North anyway

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Mark E,

FYI. If the returned remains had already been cremated, it's said a DNA analysis would be next to impossible to perform. And I think the remains had already been cremated.

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voiceofokinawaToday  12:07 pm JST

North Korea, on the other hand, says "eight have died and the other four never entered the country." North Korea's claims may be right, but it must be clarified under what circumstances death occurred. 

Remains returned to Japan were DNA tested and showed they were not the remains of the individuals stated by North Korea. Its no wonder NK can't be trusted.

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Hitomi Soga was abducted by North Korean agents together with her mother. Soga is one of the five abductees having been able to return to Japan in 2002.  

The Japanese government believes 12 of the 17 abductees are still retained by North Korea. Soga's mother is one of them.

North Korea, on the other hand, says "eight have died and the other four never entered the country." North Korea's claims may be right, but it must be clarified under what circumstances death occurred. Soga's mother may have died of a heart attack or something while on board the agents' vessel heading to North Korea, retained separately from her daughter.

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half his life wasted in fighting for justice from a dictatorship and a weak Japanese goverment, sad ending for his story.

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Do as US or Russia would do if their citizen got abducted off the street.

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Your vigilance has ended, loving brother Shigeo Iizuka. Go now, find your loved ones and “Rest in Peace”.

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Rest in peace.

You will finally get to meet your loved ones awaiting for you in heaven.

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RIP!

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"It is disappointing that there has been no progress in the abduction issue despite the countless changes in prime ministers."

It's disappointing that this issue just being used every time new leader show up in Japan without any real progress happened.

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