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The Government of Japan hosted an International Symposium - Possible Ways of International Cooperation to urge North Korea to take Concrete Actions to improve the Human Rights Situation in North Korea, including in the Abductions Issue -

The International Symposium Hosted by the Government of Japan, - Possible Ways of International Cooperation to urge North Korea to take Concrete Actions to improve the Human Rights Situation in North Korea, including in the Abductions Issue -, was held at the Iino Hall in Tokyo on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
 December 10 to 16 every year is designated as North Korean Human Rights Abuses Awareness Week. This symposium was held as one of the 2018 Awareness Week events. During the symposium, guest panelists from Japan and overseas will discuss possible ways of international cooperation to urge North Korea to take concrete actions to improve the human rights situation in North Korea, including in the abductions issue, and explore the way forward to realize the return of all the abductees to Japan as soon as possible.

Part 1 Commendation Ceremony for Composition Competition on the Abduction Issue
(1) Yoshihide Suga, Minister in Charge of the Abduction Issue, commended the award winners
  (three junior high school students and three high school students).
(2) The First Prize winners recited their essays.

Part 2 International Symposium
(1) Opening remarks (Mr. Yoshihide Suga, Minister in Charge of the Abduction Issue)
(2) Appeal by the Families of the Victims of Human Rights Abuses by North Korea
   Presenters: Mr. Fred Warmbier (Father of Mr. Otto Warmbier)
        Mr. Michael and James Sneddon (Brothers of Mr. David Sneddon)
        Mr. Shigeo Iizuka (Chairman of the Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped
               by North Korea)
        Mr. Takuya Yokota (Secretary-General of the Association of Families of Victims
               Kidnapped by North Korea)
        Mr. Shoichi Osawa (President of the Family Association of the Missing Persons
               Probably Related to the DPRK)
(3) Panel discussion
   Moderator: Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, the Committee for Human Rights
                in North Korea (HRNK)
   Panelists: Mr. Evans J.R. Revere, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
                East Asian and Pacific Affairs, United States of America
       Mr. Youngshik Bong, Research Fellow, Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies,
                Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
       Mr. Kimio Yakushiji, Professor of Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Part 3 Mini-concert
      Joint recording of radio programs to North Korea by "Furusato no Kaze (Wind of Home)"and
     "Shiokaze (Sea Breeze)", co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Headquarters for the Abduction
     Issue,and Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to N.Korea
(1) A gathering to sing the song "Anata wo Wasurenai (We Will Never Forget You)" by a chorus of
 the family members and supporters of abductees
(2) "Sora to Umi no Mukou (Beyond the Sky and the Sea)" by Ms. Ayaki Yamaguchi,
  "Togireta Michishirube (Broken Milestone)" by Ms. Yumiko Usami, and
  "Wait a While - Sono Hi wo Shinjite (Believe That the Day Will Come)" by Ms. Saya
(3) "Furusato (Hometown)" by all the artists and students from Tachikawa Dainana Junior High School


   
       (Part 1 Commendation Ceremony for Composition Competition on the Abduction Issue)

   

   
                (Part 2 International Symposium)


      (Part 3 Mini-concert)
    

  • Anime Megumi
  • A quick picture of the abduction issue
  • Request for Information