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Parents of Japan kidnap victim meet North Korean grandchild

Published on Mar 16, 2014 1:50 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The ageing parents of a Japanese woman who was kidnapped and taken to North Korea as a schoolgirl and allegedly died there have met her daughter for the first time, Japan's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Ms Megumi Yokota's parents "spent time together" with their granddaughter Kim Eun Gyong, 26, and her family in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator over five days last week, the ministry said without giving further details.

Ms Yokota, who North Korea claims killed herself in 1994, became a symbol of a bitter bilateral row over Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, mainly aimed at training North Korean spies in Japanese language and customs.

Tokyo rejects the claim that Ms Yokota committed suicide as baseless.

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