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Father's death highlights need for results in abduction issue

Just two parents of North Korean kidnapping victims are still alive

Shigeru Yokota, foreground, whose daughter Megumi was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, has died at the age of 87.   © Reuters

Shigeru Yokota passed away last week at the age of 87 without reuniting with his daughter, Megumi, one of the 17 known Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents 43 years ago.

Yokota devoted the latter part of his life to the movement to rescue Megumi, believing her to still be alive. She disappeared at age 13 on the way home from school in November 1977. Her father's death once again shines a light on the cruelty of the abductions.

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