Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Pyongyang to solve the issue of the victims of North Korean abductions, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.
The North carried out a bizarre campaign from the 1970s and 80s to abduct dozens of Japanese citizens and turn them into instructors for spies.
At the House of Councilors Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, Kishida said, "We should always try to find effective ways to solve the abduction issue. We're also thinking of a visit to the North by the prime minister."
But no decision has been made yet, he added.
Abe told reporters it would be too soon to comment.
The issue carries a huge emotional charge in Japan and is a sure vote winner for any government that manages to solve it.