Japanese Govt Hid Knowledge of 2 Abductees Living in N.Korea

By Kyodo News 27 December 2019

TOKYO—Japan’s government got word in 2014 that two men who disappeared in the late 1970s were alive in North Korea, but a senior official decided not to release the information due to fears that the public would react negatively, sources with knowledge of the matter said Thursday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed off on the decision to put a lid on news that Minoru Tanaka, whom the government officially lists as abducted by North Korean agents, and Tatsumitsu Kaneda, who is suspected of having also been taken, are living in Pyongyang.

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