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2009/01/30 17:33 KST
Japan seeks S. Korea's help in confirming fate of woman abducted by Pyongyang

   By Lee Chi-dong
SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Japan are in consultations to arrange a meeting between a former North Korean agent and the family of a Japanese woman abducted by North Korea decades ago, an informed source said Friday.

Akitaka Saiki, the head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, asked Seoul to help the family members of Yaeko Taguchi, who was abducted by North Korean agents at the age of 22, interview Kim Hyeon-hee, a former death-row inmate involved in the bombing of a Korean Air passenger plane while in flight in 1987.