Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will step up efforts to coordinate policies with the United States on the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea ahead of the second US-North Korea summit.
Suga told reporters on Wednesday that Japan sees the issue as a top priority. He said his country has been and will be working closely with the US.
Suga also said Japan hopes the agreement United States and North Korean leaders reached at their first summit in June of last year will be implemented swiftly and completely. He says this includes Pyongyang's commitment to fully denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.