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Father's dream of seeing abducted daughter Megumi forever dashed

Long struggle helped other victims return from North Korea, but not Yokota's daughter

Shigeru Yokota always carried a comb Megumi gave him, saying that he would like her to comb his hair someday. The wish never came true.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Shigeru Yokota's decadeslong fight to bring home his daughter, Megumi, who was abducted by North Korea 43 years ago, ended Friday -- not with her return as he had hoped, but with his death at the age of 87.

Megumi was just 13 years old when she went missing on her way home from school in the city of Niigata in November 1977.

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