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Hitomi Soga, far left, who was held in North Korea from 1978 to 2002, meets U.S. President Donald Trump with relatives of other abductees. (Pool)

In a first, Trump meets Japanese woman abducted by North Korea

Gathering with victims' families brings kidnapping issue back to fore

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- President Donald Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. leader to meet with a Japanese national abducted by North Korea, while also speaking with relatives of kidnapping victims who remain unaccounted for.

The meeting followed an afternoon summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is pushing for the return of the abductees amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear program. 

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