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Japan and North Korea held consultations on this issue in the Chinese city of Shenyang. Director of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asia and Oceania Affairs Bureau Junichi Ihara took part in the consultations.
Ihara told the Japanese premier about North Korea’s proposal. “Ihara told me that at the moment the investigation has not entered the stage to allow North Korea to submit any concrete results,” Abe said.In May 2014 Japan and North Korea signed an agreement in Stockholm under which Pyongyang undertook the commitment to conduct a thorough investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted in 1970’s-1980’s by North Korean secret services. Tokyo lists 12 nationals as having been abducted by North Korea.
Tokyo said it would lift some sanctions against Pyongyang once North Korea has given guarantees on thorough investigation.
In early 2000’s Pyongyang recognised the abduction of Japanese nationals. In essence North Korea abducted Japanese citizens to train spies. Five of them returned home in October 2002. Then Pyongyang said the issue was closed and other abducted people had died or never been in North Korea. Tokyo insisted the investigation should continue.