Families of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korea are urging their government to do all it can to resolve the issue.
Yaeko Taguchi was abducted in late June 1978 by North Korean agents. She was 22 years old. At the time she was the mother of one and two year-old infants.
Taguchi was forced to serve as a Japanese language teacher for former North Korean spy Kim Hyun Hee. Kim was involved in the 1987 bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed 115 people.
The North claims Taguchi died in a car accident in 1986 but former abductees say they heard that she married a South Korean man in the North after that.
The Japanese government received information that she was alive after 2000.
New leadership took hold in North Korea after the death of former leader Kim Jong Il. The change, however, has not led to any movement on the abduction issue and the country has been increasingly isolated internationally. It has not held official talks with Japan in 4 years.
Shigeo Iizuka, Taguchi's elder brother, said he wants the Japanese government to work toward concrete results that will allow the abductees to return home.