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Tokyo denies report that North Korea gave list of Japanese abduction survivors

Published on Jul 10, 2014 11:46 AM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd right) receives a petition from members of North Korean abduction issue groups at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on July 4, 2014. Japan on Thursday denied as "sheer misreporting" a front-page newspaper story that North Korea had provided a list of some 30 Japanese survivors still living in the isolated country, including known victims of state-sponsored kidnapping. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan on Thursday denied as "sheer misreporting" a front-page newspaper story that North Korea had provided a list of some 30 Japanese survivors still living in the isolated country, including known victims of state-sponsored kidnapping.

The Nikkei business daily said North Korea produced the list at a July 1 meeting in Beijing to discuss North Korea's plan to resume investigations into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s. North Korea agreed in May to reopen the probe, prompting Japan to ease some sanctions.

"I'm aware of the report, but nothing like that happened during the meeting or during a recess," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference. "It's sheer misreporting."

The Nikkei, citing sources, said Tokyo had matched about two-thirds of the names on the list with domestic records of missing persons.

 
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