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U.S. ambassador meets families of Japanese abducted by North Korea

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By Elaine Lies

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enough already they are not coming back. this happened in the 70s...

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I do not like this lady. She and her husband appear too often and appeal their tragedy too much. When we think about what we did in the past, North Korea may have a lot of things they want to say.

-15 ( +11 / -26 )

Well, Trump used the Yokota's during one of his speeches last year when he called fat boy "rocket-man." So he has to at least try to resolve the issue. Otherwise, he's full of b...

21 ( +23 / -2 )

Whenever Abe's in trouble, out comes the abductee issue. Convenient.

0 ( +18 / -18 )

"I know that this issue is high on the list of priorities for both President Trump and Prime Minister Abe," he told reporters.

I seriously doubt that.

2 ( +17 / -15 )

But Japan worries it could take a back seat to nuclear and missile issues in a series of summits planned with North Korea.

Not a very intelligent comment since Japan's National security, ie; NK's nuclear and missile issues, take a front seat as well. Without that, the abduction issue can not be pursued.

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Japan will NEVER forget the issue untill all of the abductees are returned to Japan safely. No peace negotiations between Japan and USA with North Korea until this hsppened.

-6 ( +13 / -19 )

I guess Abe knew it would look far too opportunistic for him to appear with the abducted families, so he made a quick call to the US embassy and asked for the US ambassador to show up for him. Still brings them front and center, and tries to take the heat off of Abe and his cabal.

I wonder how much money has been spent on all of these meetings and symposiums, and flying to the US to meet US leaders. Has that money done anything? Could it have been more wisely spent?

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

It was very good of the ambassador to meet with the kidnap victim families. This crime will never ever be forgotten, and until completely resolved no NK citizen will have a pleasant time in Japan

5 ( +15 / -10 )

The great irony of the "abduction issue" is that back in the days when these people were actually being kidnapped the LDP leadership was over in Pyongyang taking massive bribes from Kim Il Sung to normalise relations between Japan and North Korea. The hypocrisy of Abe is bottomless, it seems.

http://articles.latimes.com/1990-09-27/news/mn-1432_1_north-korea

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"I know that this issue is high on the list of priorities for both President Trump and Prime Minister Abe," he told reporters.

Then I'm sorry to say that you have been duped. A horrible nightmare these families must live being sold hope by a bunch of big talking politicians that only know expediency.

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

I feel sorry for these families, I TOTALY understand why they jump at any chance to be heard, good for them!

I despise the politicians who USE these same families far too often!

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Japan will NEVER forget the issue untill all of the abductees are returned to Japan safely. No peace negotiations between Japan and USA with North Korea until this hsppened.

And did Japan return all missing and kidnapped Chinese, Koreans and others after the war? Attitudes like yours simply provide support for further war.

Besides which, it is delusional to think that Japan has any say in negotiations between the USA and North Korea. Japan is not a world power.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

This annoying side issue should not be allowed to interfere with negotiations for denuclearising the Korean peninsula - an issue that potentially affects the lives of MILLIONS of people, not just 13.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

This annoying side issue should not be allowed to interfere with negotiations for denuclearising the Korean peninsula - an issue that potentially affects the lives of MILLIONS of people, not just 13.

I agree. We have to look at the big picture here.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

This annoying side issue

Yeah, don't the families of the innocent kidnap victims know that their children are just annoying side issues and that their claims are invalid? Do they not realize that Kim Jong Un is a moral leader who is wise and inspiring?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

With Kim Jong Un saying that "denuclearization" requires the US to leave SK and take the nuclear "umbrella" from over Japan we should all understand that denuclearization is a pipe dream. Best to keep the pressure on the third fatty and his owner, Xi Jinping.

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Civitas Sine SuffragioToday  10:22 am JST

This annoying side issue should not be allowed to interfere with negotiations for denuclearising the Korean peninsula - an issue that potentially affects the lives of MILLIONS of people, not just 13.

Agreed

0 ( +6 / -6 )

The US ambassador is a fool for falling for this, this is all a propaganda stunt by Abe to shore up his poll ratings. You'd expect more from a Trump nominated ambassador

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Every time Shinzo has a problem wheel out the abductee issue and yet just last month he said there can be no dialogue this month flying here there everywhere to inject his unwanted presence to garner votes, pathetic.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

You'd expect more from a Trump nominated ambassador

I would agree that's an asinine comment.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

You'd expect more from a Trump nominated ambassador

No, being duped by Abe is exactly what I’d expect from that Tiny-handed leader’s “best” underlings.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I think the comments here are almost getting it right. The principal error I see people making is in thinking that the US government and Ambassador take this issue seriously. The Japanese state uses this issue for photo opportunities, and to keep it as a card to play in the regional geo-politcal outlook, and for domestic political consumption in Japan. ("Look how morally consistent the Japanese state is!"). And because Japan remains the US principal client state in E. Asia, it sends every Ambassador to do the photo-op dance with the families. So the U.S. most certainly does not care at all... one drop... about the N.Korea abduction victims.

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Any parent would continue working hard to find out where a missing child is.

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I agree with what you said there serendipitous1. The one thing to add to that point (from my perspective) is to remind people that a real understanding of how this works means it is the parent is in the position of having to seek relief despite the active opposition of the forces organized by the state. Police, courts, everything from border control agents to the threat of imprisonment, are all arrayed against parents finding the abducted child. That's one part (but not all) of why I feel it's so important to see through the charade performed by these officials. Not that I blame the parent for going along with it - it's an opportunity for a bit of publicity for what they truly care most about; but parents are all being used by state authorities, who want to appear as humanitarians while they go on exercising power in other arenas.

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