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Japan’s missing children: The lingering trauma of North Korean abductions

By France24
11 October 2022   |   7:36 am
In the 1970s and 1980s, North Korea organised a kidnapping campaign in "enemy" countries. As one of its closest neighbours, Japan became a prime target. The programme, decided at the highest level of the Communist state, was likely intended to train North Korean spies in foreign languages and customs.

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