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 Mother and Daughter
 On August 12, 1978, Ms.SOGA Hitomi, 19, and her mother Ms.SOGA Miyoshi, 43, left home saying that they would go shopping. No news about them was brought for 24 years until Sep 2002.
 The Japanese police interviewed the persons concerned for the situation, obtained information in the neighborhood, and 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.
Ms.SOGA Hitomi came back to Japan 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, commonly known as, Kim Myeong Suk, suspected to have carried out the abduction of Ms.SOGA Hitomi and her mother Ms.SOGA Miyoshi, and had her on the wanted list of the Interpol. The Police also requested North Korea,through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,the extradition of Kim Myeong Suk.