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Japanese Victims of North Korean Terrorism

Recorded on February 3, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

The National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea (NARKN) is a Tokyo-based, non-profit organization founded in 1997 with the objective of supporting desperate efforts by family members of abductees to recover their loved ones.

In September 2002, Kim Jong Il confessed to the abduction of Japanese citizens. Yet, nearly four months after this revelation, the issue has not yet been fully resolved. The Koizumi administration has declared that the resolution of the abduction cases and the nuclear issue are the two most important preconditions to normalizing Japanese diplomatic relations with North Korea. NARKN has been working tirelessly for the last five years to permanently resolve this issue for the Japanese people.