Imperfect Samurai Yujiro Taniyama, Editor in chief, Japan Broadcasting.net Inc
Mr. Takuya Yokota confessed in his latest interview he gave for the latest “Bun Gay Shunju” （文藝春秋）monthly magazine – that if by any chance he gets to reunite with his abducted sister Megumi in the coming future, that he wants to apologize to her for not being able to rescue her for the past 40 years.
On November 15, 1977, a junior high school student Megumi Yokota was forcefully kidnapped by the North Korean spy agents on a freezing winter day near her home by the beach in Niigata prefecture, which faces the Sea of Japan.
She was on her way from school.
The disruptive Pyongyang regime has kept her hostage ever since. Kim Jong il, the oversized father of the corpulent incumbent had strikingly admitted and apologized to then Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro on September 17, 2002 that “some of his men who defied orders” had surreptitiously abducted dozen Japanese citizens since the 1970’s.
Whereabouts of Megumi remains an enigma till this very day. But Takuya also mentioned that he had told PM Abe (of whom ironically had rose to power over this issue, but had achieved virtually nothing over the tormenting kidnapping since 2006) to remain adamant towards the authoritarian regime who is also a master of elusive diplomacy.
“My dad is 85, now in hospital and Mom is 82. We don’t have much time left” , says the younger sibling of the victim, then just thirteen years of age.
Personally, the Outspoken Samurai believes that Japan must remain firm and not be deceived by ‘Pyongyang Fatty’ Kim Jong un’ s calculative sham as well as Trump’s impulsive tweets over this sensitive issue.
And we must keep Takuya’s hopes alive.
Lastly, I want to underscore the fact that is not he, but the flawed and incapacitated Tokyo government that ought to apologize after all. The unscrupulous Nippoliticians (Nippon ＋ politicians) have been fabulously irresponsible and as dumb as a brick for over four decades; with no feasible plan to bring back Megumi and other unfortunate souls.
Perseverance is absolutely necessary, although that alone is unthinking and will no longer do. Heartbroken is the Editor in chief.