Abductee's Brother Appeals To Kim For Release

Abductee's brother appeals to Kim for release

The brother of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea 42 years ago has urged leader Kim Jong Un to "make a wise decision" to return the abductees.

Takuya Yokota made the appeal at a gathering in the city of Kawasaki, near Tokyo, on Saturday, the same day as his sister's 55th birthday.

Megumi Yokota was abducted after school by North Korean agents in the Sea of Japan city of Niigata in 1977, when she was 13 years old.

Her younger brother said he remembers Megumi as "a cheerful girl like a sunflower."

He said he will never be able to forgive the people responsible for her abduction and the horror the young girl must have experienced.

He mentioned the advanced ages of the family members of the abductees, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, saying they have little time left.

He said that the families' only hope is to have their loved ones back and promised that they would never do anything to disturb North Korea afterward.

Yokota also said the families will continue to urge the Japanese government to stick to the goal of the return of all abductees.