Parents of Japan kidnap victim hail meeting with North Korean grandchild
Published on Mar 17, 2014 3:10 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - The ageing mother of a Japanese woman kidnapped and taken to North Korea as a schoolgirl on Monday hailed a "miraculous" first meeting in Mongolia with her long-lost granddaughter.
Ms Megumi Yokota who was only 13 years old when she was kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1977 on her way home from school.
The secretive state insists that Yokota killed herself in 1994, an explanation that Tokyo has long refused to accept.
Ms Yokota's parents - father Shigeru, 81, and mother Sakie, 78 - spent five days last week with their granddaughter, 26-year-old Kim Eun Gyong, and her family in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, Japan's foreign ministry said on Sunday.
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