Jiji Press KAWASAKI (Jiji Press) — U.S. President Donald Trump's reference to the abduction of a 13-year-old Japanese girl decades ago by North Korea presents an opportunity to resolve the abduction issue between the two Asian countries, her mother said Wednesday.
Sakie Yokota, 81, the mother of the abductee, Megumi, said that she was "surprised" that Trump talked about her daughter in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
The number of foreign visitors to Japan continues to grow. The total so far this year has already topped 20 million.
The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates the mark was reached by September 15th. That's one-and-a-half months earlier than last year when the annual figure reached 20 million for the first time.
The mother of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea nearly 40 years ago has expressed the hope that the US president's reference to the case in his UN speech may help bring about the return of her daughter and other abductees.
In his first speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of having kidnapped a 13-year-old Japanese girl to enslave her as a language tutor for its spies.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to hold a news conference next Monday to explain why he wants to call a snap election.
Abe plans to dissolve the Lower House of the Diet on the first day of the extraordinary session that will open on September 28th. He is now in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and is due to return home on Friday.
Japan's government and Tokyo Electric Power Company plan to delay the retrieval of spent nuclear fuel from the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The government is revising the roadmap for scrapping the plant for the first time in 2 years. The reactors were disabled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Protesters gathered in front of the National Diet Building on Sept. 19, the two year anniversary since the passage of contentious national security laws, to call for their abolition.
The demonstration was led by the group "Senso sasenai, kyujo kowasuna! Sogakari kodo jikko iinkai" (Committee for all-out action: No war, don't destroy Article 9!). Some 10,500 people were on hand for the event, according to the group. Lawmakers from opposition parties and members of citizens groups gripped the microphone, saying, "It's Prime Minister Abe who raised the risk for war," and "Dissolving the lower house (House of Representatives) is just for his own benefit."
The company behind the "Delicious" deli chain that sold food allegedly tainted with the O157 strain of E. coli bacteria -- resulting in the death of a 3-year-old girl and 21 other people becoming infected -- closed down all 17 of its "Delicious" stores by Sept. 19, the company said on Sept. 20.
According to the company, Fresh Corp., which is based in Ota, Gunma Prefecture, its four stores in Gunma and Saitama prefectures that sold the allegedly tainted food, as well as 13 other stores across the same prefectures plus Tochigi Prefecture -- where there have been no cases of O157 infection -- have all been shut down.