Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says he confirmed during his recent trip to the United States the US government's support for Japanese efforts to bring home its nationals abducted by North Korea.
Suga made the comment on Wednesday at a meeting of the main governing Liberal Democratic Party's taskforce on the abduction issue. Suga is also the minister in charge of this issue.
Suga said all the US officials he met with, including Vice President Mike Pence, appeared to fully understand everything he was explaining.
He said this shows that not only President Donald Trump but many others in his administration are fully aware of the importance of resolving the abduction issue.
Suga also referred to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent remark that he aims to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions, adding that the abduction issue is now at a crucial point.
He said the government will do its utmost to bring home all those taken by North Korea, whether they are listed as abductees or not.
Suga also attended a meeting of nonpartisan lawmakers seeking a quick resolution to the abduction issue. He asked for their cooperation, saying Japan needs to coordinate its efforts with the United States on a variety of levels.