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Japanese gov't creates YouTube channel on N Korea abduction issue

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The Japanese government has created an official YouTube channel to provide information about North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, with a video featuring Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowing to bring them back home promptly.

In a 58-minute video, Suga emphasized that the long-standing issue is his administration's "top priority" and said there is no time to spare to reunite abductees with their aging family members.

"There is no time to lose. We will do everything we can without missing any opportunities to ensure that all abductees return home as soon as possible," said Suga, who became Japanese prime minister last month.

The video titled "Voices of the International Community Calling for the Resolution of the Abduction Issue" also features messages from representatives of the United States, Australia and the European Union as well as families of the abductees.

The official YouTube channel also has an animated video with English subtitles about Megumi Yokota, who was abducted in 1977 at the age of 13.

Japan officially lists 17 people as having been abducted by North Korea, with five already repatriated in 2002. Pyongyang maintains that the abduction issue has been resolved, saying eight died, including Yokota, and the other four never entered the country.

The government plans to live-stream events related to the abduction issue on the channel.

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I wonder which of the elderly bureaucrat is in charge of running the Youtube channel.

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Good grief

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I think I saw one of them in a park near my house today walking their dog.

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I think North Korea declared dead are dead. What would be the reason they have to hide if some of them are alive?

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The globe trotting Abe had the same goal too; he managed to avoid a trip to North Korea in his long tenure.

I am betting that Suga will be all talk too...,

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The government better collaborate with top Youtubers in the channel management.

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I wonder which of the elderly bureaucrat is in charge of running the Youtube channel

i’d go for Sakurada!!

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Must be part of the "digital push" that is now .....on.......

First video 58min........earth to J-govt you might want to start with shorter vids

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Perfect timing. 40 years late.

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An online whodunnit

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Sadly a fake issue way past its sell by date created cynically by Abe to draw votes to the LDP. The families have suffered from two crimes, first the kidnappings and second the horrid exploitation of their situation by Abe and the LDP.

A youtube channel? Are they high up there in Tokyo?

I will wait for the youtube channel by the LDP of the 670.000 Koreans kidnapped by Imperial Japan during the Korea occupation to work as slaves basically in Japan. Should come out soon .. . .

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Suga has lost it.

Precisely who is supposed to tune in to this channel?

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It’s almost impossible to solve those puzzles. Rocket-crazy Fatty is too young and doesn’t know anything and his mummy-like generals are much too old to remember and soon dead anyway.

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From my point of view North Korean govt. is only thinking about recompense for the abductees and it means money. Last time when some abductees were back to Japan Koizumi former PM promised to get them back in the period of time paying some money but didn't and NK govt. were very disapoointed former Koizumi govt. These day Abe and this Suga is trying again kind of "slogan" to have them back. I think it won't be working anywhere tahn spending more money without proof most of the abductees are not alive and dead bones didn't proof it was real to the abductees. In other aspect NK will pronounce the thousands of Koreans who were victims of ww2 and it will be same as SK strategy, money after money, it's endless. Just to say that there are100 times more of South Koreans there other countries, too. This is another one way news only from Japan and western countries but doesn't reach NK govt. It's unfair from both sides.

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Please provide a young professional "New Face" Japanese female government official to deliver this message with a contemporary modern voice. Have both video versions available on the government channel. Also allow comments.

Thank you.

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NKorea criminals !!..

I wonder which of the elderly bureaucrat is in charge of running the Youtube channel.

I wonder what you would do if you had a relative abducted..

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Isn't it too late for this kind of stuff? Japanese govt should've done this when YouTube first appeared in the digital world.

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North Korea committed a despicable crime. Their government lies all the time. They have almost no credibility when they make statements on anything. I give the Japanese government credit for never giving up.

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 I give the Japanese government credit for never giving up.

Hard to 'give up' when they haven't really done anything to begin with. Talk, talk, say they're going to pressure NK without actually doing so, ignore the issue until the next issue upon which time the LDP trots out the families for another press conference where the PM or some other muckety-muck will promise to do their best, rinse, press, and repeat.

That's not giving up... it's never starting to begin with.

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Those who controlled the coastline, controlled the trafficking. Japan has yet to recognize this terrorist group as only a criminal enterprise. Nobody walks on water...

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