There has been a small but detectable shift in international policy under North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un. In the first of a two-part series on North Korea, GIS looks at its relationship with Japan after the resumption of talks between the two which are expected to include the longstanding and thorny issue of Japanese citizens who, in the latter half of the last century, were abducted by the North Koreans.

THE BITTER row over abductions of foreign nationals has been one of the biggest blocks to good relations between North Korea and Japan.

But after a hiatus of four years, the two sides are now talking. There have been no overt signs of conce...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Megumi was abducted 1977 at the age of 13 while walking home from school in her seaside village in Niigata Prefecture
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