North Korea - Kidnapped! The abductions of Japanese citizens from Japan by agents of the North Korean government happened during a period of six years from 1977 to 1983. Although only 17 Japanese (eight men and nine women) are officially recognized by the Japanese government as having been abducted, there may have been as many as 70 to 80. The North Korean government has officially admitted abducting 13 Japanese citizens.
There are testimonies that many non-Japanese citizens, including nine European citizens, have been abducted by North KoreaIt is also speculated that Japanese women were abducted to have them become wives to a group of North Korea-based Japanese terrorists after a 1970 Japan Airlines hijacking, and that some may have been abducted because they happened to witness North Korean agents in Japan, which may explain Yokota's abduction.
For a long time, these abductions were denied by North Korea and were often considered a conspiracy theory. Despite pressure from Japanese parent groups, the Japanese government itself took no action because the now-defunct Socialist Party of Japan, which had maintained close ties with North Korea, vehemently denied the abductions. There are also claims that this issue is now being used by Japanese nationalists, including former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, to "further militarize", push for revision of the Constitution in order to allow Japan to have an army, revise the Basic Education Law and forward other political goals
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