| There are 13 cases involving 19 victims suspected to have been abducted by North Korean agents and taken to North Korea. One of them was the two siblings abducted in Fukui prefecture in mid June 1974, others include a secondary school girl abducted in Niigata prefecture in November 1977, couples who became missing from July through August of 1978 last seen near the seashores of Fukui, Niigata, and Kagoshima prefectures. Three Japanese were also abducted in Europe during from 1980 to 1983. In addition, there was an attempted abduction case near the seashore in Toyama prefecture in August 1978.|
It may be inferred from some cases that the main purposes of these abductions of Japanese nationals are to make them train North Korean agents to act as Japanese or to enable North Korean agents to impersonate them.
The Japanese Police obtained arrest warrants of eleven suspects, including North Korean agents and one YODO-go suspect, placed them on the wanted list of the lnterpol for abductions and has taken other necessary measures.
At the 3rd Working Level Consultation between Japan-NK in Nov 2004, North Korea handed to the Japanese Delegation"new evidences "including the ashes said to be of victims.
However,as a result of DNA testｓ,the DNA profiles identified from part of ashes were found different from those of victims.
The Japanese police are continuing their investigation into these cases through exchanging information with the authorities and agencies concerned.