Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reiterated that he wants to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the abduction issue.
Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is also the abduction issue minister, attended a meeting of the abductees' relatives in Tokyo on Sunday. The meetings are held twice a year.
Abe said it will not be easy to resolve the issue. He said Japan will have to take the initiative, and he is determined to meet Kim without conditions and speak frankly with him.
Prior to the meeting, Abe met Sakie Yokota. Her daughter, Megumi, was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977.
Abe told her that US President Donald Trump strongly wants to help Japan achieve a resolution of the issue. Trump will meet the abductees' families for the first time since 2017 when he visits Japan later this month.