Tokyo Building Lit Up In Blue To Raise Awareness Of N. Korea Abduction

Tokyo building lit up in blue to raise awareness of N. Korea abduction

The Tokyo metropolitan government lit up its building in blue Wednesday to raise public awareness of the issue of North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

In Japan, blue ribbons symbolize the campaign of relatives and supporters seeking the return of Japanese abductees.

The Tokyo government mounted the weeklong campaign through Tuesday ahead of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 17, 2002, signing of a landmark declaration between Japan and North Korea over the basic idea of political and economic cooperation. Five abductees returned to Japan the following month.