An aide to the Japanese premier returned home from a controversial trip to North Korea on Saturday, reportedly saying he had demanded Pyongyang's act swiftly on its kidnapping of Japanese nationals.
This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 16, 2013 shows Isao Iijima (left) shaking hands with Kim Yong Nam -- North's Korea's ceremonial head of state -- during a ceremony in Pyongyang. Iijima returned home on Saturday but declined to shed any light on the reason for his mysterious visit.
Isao Iijima, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he told senior North Korean officials that Tokyo wanted Japanese civilians kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s to be immediately returned, according to Jiji Press, without citing sources.
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