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Abe must step up efforts to engage North Korea

Japan cannot afford to stand by as Pyongyang raises the military stakes

| North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a bold step by publicly advocating a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He must now follow up his words with action.

In recent months, Tokyo has made various moves in this direction, including high profile visits to Pyongyang by senior members of Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and by a delegation led by a grandson of the late Shin Kanemaru, a longtime LDP kingmaker.

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