Japanese Abduction Victim 'Alive in Pyongyang'

      January 21, 2011 11:50

      Yaeko Taguchi, a Japanese woman kidnapped by North Korea, is alive and living in an apartment complex in Pyongyang, Kyodo News reported Wednesday quoting government sources.  The sources said the Japanese and South Korean governments were told of the claim in December.

      Taguchi is presumed to be "Lee Eun-hye," who taught Japanese to a North Korean agent who later bombed Korean Air flight 858 in 1987. Pyongyang has told Tokyo that Taguchi died in a traffic accident in July 1986, but the families of Japanese abduction victims believe the North is lying.

      North Korean sources say that Taguchi lives in an apartment complex in Pyongyang's Mangyongdae area and was seen spending time with two South Korean abduction victims, including a high school teacher from Seoul who was abducted in 1978. Taguchi may be married to the other, the sources speculated.

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