Japan brings North Korean kidnappings to UN mission
TOKYO (AFP) - A United Nations team probing North Korea's human rights record was in Japan on Wednesday, as Tokyo campaigns to publicise the kidnapping of its nationals by Pyongyang agents.
The three-member Commission of Inquiry chaired by retired Australian judge Michael Kirby spent five days in Seoul collecting harrowing testimony of rights abuses in the North from defectors.
The commission - the first UN expert panel to officially examine North Korea's rights record - will spend Thursday and Friday in Tokyo hearing more testimony, particularly about Japanese nationals abducted by the North during the Cold War.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met Mr Kirby on Wednesday morning and stressed to him that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was determined to resolve the emotive kidnapping issue.