Sunday, July 18, 2004 : Accused Deserter, Family Arrive in Japan

I've been following the story of Hitomi Soga for almost two years now. She was kidnapped, along with her mother, from Japan by North Korean operatives in 1978 when she was 19 years old. She was one of five abductees who returned to Japan in 2002 and the only one who came back without her spouse, probably because in her case her spouse was not another Japanese national, but an American soldier accused of defection to North Korea in 1965.
The children of the other abductees were brought to Japan and rejoined their parents this spring. They grew up never knowing their parents were Japanese. Now Ms Soga's family has joined her in Japan and her story is finally getting a little press in the US. Of course, the US media focuses on her husband's story and sports headlines like ABC News' Accused Deserter, Family Arrive in Japan.
The BBC presents another view, Japan Gripped By Cold War Love Story. And the press in Japan, yet another Obstacles line Soga's, Jenkin's Path.

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