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2008-08-01 06:00:19

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Aug. 1 Kyodo - Bunmei Ibuki, the Liberal Democratic Party's secretary general, will be appointed as finance minister in the Cabinet reshuffle Friday, political sources said. Ibuki, 70, contributed to revising the Fundamental Law of Education as education minister under then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 0521 1 Aug 08. (c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific....

2008-06-26 15:00:11

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Kyoto, June 26 Kyodo - Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura expressed determination Thursday to strive to bring about a resolution to the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese national during the 45 days before the United States removes the North from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Komura, meanwhile, welcomed the North's declaration of nuclear programmes earlier in the day, telling a group of reporters,...

2006-06-30 06:08:01

By Jack Kim KOSONG, South Korea (Reuters) - The family of a South Korean taken to the North 28 years ago spoke on Friday of their emotional reunion but were silent about his contested comments on life in one of the world's most reclusive states. Kim Young-nam, the man at the center of a high-profile kidnapping case, a day earlier sparked skepticism in the South and anger in Japan with his tale of how he inadvertently ended up in the North and how his first wife -- a Japanese...

2006-06-28 02:41:50

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The mother of a South Korean at the center of a high-profile kidnapping case met her son for the first time in 28 years in North Korea on Wednesday for a reunion steeped in tears and political tension. The South Korean abductee, Kim Young-nam, 44, is believed to have been kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago when he was a teenager. He is thought to have later married Megumi Yokota, a Japanese abducted by North Korea whose case has become a focus...

2006-06-26 22:09:23

By Lee Jae-won CHONJU, South Korea (Reuters) - The mother of a South Korean at the center of a high-profile kidnapping case left on Tuesday to see her son in the North for a reunion steeped in emotional and political tension. The South Korean abductee, Kim Young-nam, is believed to have been kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago when he was a teenager. He is believed to have later married Megumi Yokota, a Japanese abducted by North Korea whose case has become a focus for...

2006-06-26 06:01:04

By Olivier Fabre TOKYO (Reuters) - The American makers of a documentary about a Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean agents hope that telling her story will bring her plight, and those of other abductees, to a wider audience around the world. Megumi Yokota, who disappeared on her way home from school in 1977 at the age of 13, has become the iconic face of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang's agents to help train spies during the 1970s and 1980s. But a meeting in April...

2006-05-12 02:53:02

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's police and coast guard on Friday searched a North Korean freighter that they suspected was used to smuggle hundreds of kilograms of amphetamines from North Korea in 2002, a coast guard official said. Japan has been locked in a bitter dispute with North Korea over the communist state's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago to help train spies, and the row has led to calls in Japan for sanctions against North Korea. Authorities were searching the North...

2006-03-22 09:00:03

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan can learn a lot from the national baseball team's never-say-die spirit following their victory at the inaugural World Baseball Classic, a leading political figure said on Wednesday. Japanese manager and home run king Sadaharu Oh led his team to a 10-6 victory over Cuba in San Diego on Monday after pounding South Korea in their semi-final to avenge two earlier defeats. "I think the people's heart became one for the first time in a long time," Chief Cabinet...

2006-02-28 03:02:08

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese opposition lawmaker apologized on Tuesday for alleging shady financial links between the ruling party and a disgraced Internet entrepreneur, in an incident that has embarrassed his faltering party. Lawmaker Hisayasu Nagata's failure to prove charges he made in parliament earlier this month has turned what appeared to be an advantage over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) into a fiasco for the opposition Democratic Party. "I am...

2006-02-23 01:02:26

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan issued arrest warrants on Thursday for two suspected North Korean kidnappers, the latest step in a bitter, long-running row with North Korea over Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, media reports said. Anger has simmered in Japan over the abduction issue, which Tokyo says must be resolved before the two countries can establish diplomatic ties. Bilateral talks held this month made no progress on the issue, although the two sides agreed to talk...


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