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Photo exhibition of abductee Yokota opens

Jiji Press

Sakie Yokota, mother of Megumi, looks at her daughter’s photo at the exhibition held in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A photo exhibition featuring Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national who was abducted to North Korea in 1977 at the age of 13, has opened in Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

“It’s painful beyond words to look at the photos while being filled with sorrow,” said Megumi’s 82-year-old mother, Sakie, who visited the exhibition Tuesday.

She called for the swift return of her daughter.

The exhibition was hastily arranged to heighten momentum toward rescuing Japanese abductees ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit expected to be held by early June.

The exhibition displays 15 photos, mainly those of Megumi aged between 2 and 13 that were taken by her father, Shigeru, 85. He is currently hospitalized.

With diplomatic maneuvering accelerating over North Korea, Sakie expressed her concern about Japan’s diplomacy.

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