The mother of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea spoke at an elementary school her daughter attended in Tokyo on Saturday.
Megumi Yokota was abducted in Niigata City 42 years ago. She was 13 years old at the time.
Megumi lived in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward when she was between one and seven years old, and went to Oi Daiichi Elementary School for about one year.
Megumi's mother Sakie Yokota said Megumi used to run to a nearby shrine after coming home from kindergarten where she would pray to get siblings. She said her daughter was happy when she got twin brothers.
Sakie said the abductees must remember their home towns and be waiting for the day when they can return.
She said she will do everything within her means until she sees all the abductees getting off a plane from North Korea.
Sakie said she cannot understand why the abductees have not been allowed to return home after 40 years, despite the seriousness of the issue.
She said further steps must be taken to resolve the issue.