Suspected Abduction of Cases by North KoreaSuspected Abduction Cases by North Korea北朝鮮による拉致容疑事案について
 Suspected Abduction Case of a Couple (Fukui Prefecture)
 On July 7 ,1978, Mr.CHIMURA Yasushi, 23, left home by a small truck, saying that he would meet his fiancee, Ms.HAMAMOTO Fukie, 23. The truck with the key plugged was found at an observatory near the seashore in Obama City, Fukui.
 The Japanese police interviewed the persons concerned for the situation, obtained the information in the neighborhood, compared this case with a similar one, and exchanged information with the authorities and agencies concerned. As a result of these required investigations, it is believed that they were abducted by North Korea, and then taken to North Korea.
The family name of Ms.HAMAMOTO Fukie was changed to CHIMURA as a result of the registration of her marriage with Mr.CHIMURA to the Japanese authority after their return on Oct 15, 2002.
For the purpose of collecting relevant information, old photographs (taken circa 1978) are used on this site.
The Police have obtained an arrest warrant on Shin Kwang Soo,suspected to have carried out the abduction of Mr.and Mrs.CHIMURA,and had him on the wanted list of the Interpol.The Police also requested North Korea,through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,the extradition of Shin.