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Parents of Japan kidnap victim hail meeting with North Korean grandchild

Published on Mar 17, 2014 3:10 PM
 
Ms Sakie Yokota (right), mother of Ms Megumi Yokota who was abducted by North Korea agents at age 13 in 1977, answers questions from the media with her husband Shigeru during a news conference in Kawasaki, west of Tokyo, March 17, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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