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At the same time, the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Yoshihide Suga denied Nikkei report. He said that the DPRK did not transfer any list on July 1.
The problem of abducted Japanese nationals is the main sticking point in relations between Japan and the DPRK. In 2002, Pyongyang for the first time acknowledged the abduction of only 13 Japanese nationals and let five of them get back to their homeland. The others were declared dead, and their relatives received remains the authenticity of which was not confirmed. Tokyo has repeatedly demanded from Pyongyang to settle the matter, but up until this year North Korea insisted that the problem had been exhausted.