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Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:00 - 14:00

Japanese Abducted by North Korea--An Unresolved Tragedy
Toru Hasuike
Former vice representative of Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

 After North Korea admitted in 2002 that its agents had abducted 13 Japanese citizens decades ago to help train spies, Kaoru Hasuike and his wife were two of five abductees who were repatriated that same year, to be joined later by their North Korean-born children. But Japan, which has identified 17 nationals it says were abducted, wants better proof about the fate of others that Pyongyang insists are dead or never entered the country.

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made finding answers to the fate of the abductees a signature issue of his political career, and his reputation as a hard-liner against Pyongyang helped propel him to the premiership the first time in 2006. Following Abe's comeback in 2012, Japan eased some sanctions on North Korea in 2014 in return for Pyongyang reopening its probe into the status of the victims. Little progress appears to have been made, however, relatives of the victims were angry when Abe appointed yet another cabinet minister to take charge of the issue in his most recent cabinet reshuffle in October.

 Toru Hasuike, the brother of Kaoru Hasuike, will talk about his new book, "Shinzo Abe and cold-blooded government officials who abandoned victims of abduction by North Korea", including his disappointment with Abe and others.  He will also discuss allegations that some involved in the movement to rescue the abductees have used the issue for their personal or political gain.

 Toru Hasuike was born in Niigata prefecture in 1955, graduated from Tokyo University of Science and joined Tokyo Electric Power Co, Inc. (TEPCO) in 1977. After a 2002-2006 stint at Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd, he returned to TEPCO until leaving the utility in 2009.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/members' guest is 1,750/2,700 yen; non-members including guest-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu:Chicken Kiev and seasonal salad) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25. *Working Pressは1時間、Associate, non-memberは24時間以内のキャンセルはフルチャージとなりますのでご注意ください。なおキャンセルは電話でのみ承ります。

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