Japanese Abducted by North Koreans Updated


Megumi Yokota was abducted by North Koreans in 1977 at the age of 13. It’s thought that 17 Japanese nationals were kidnapped to help train North Korean spies to pass as Japanese. Her family thinks she’s still alive although she’s been listed as dead by suicide in 1994. She was said to have been married with a child. Many abductees were returned by Kim Jong Il in 2002, but she wasn’t one of them. There’s been multiple films, manga, music and documentaries. One of which is previewed below.

From PBS this is a passage including a quote from Megumi’s father.

“I’m not sure if this will lead in a positive or negative direction,” said Shigeru Yokota, Megumi’s 79-year-old father. “But I fear there will be chaos inside North Korea, which means they’ll stay away from the abduction issue.” Meanwhile, Megumi’s mother, Sakie, put her thoughts about Kim’s death very simply, “I wish Kim Jong-il had released the people who were abducted before he passed away.” (PBS – Megumi Yokota)