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Japan’s Kishida Seeks Meeting with North Korea’s Kim: Kyodo

(Bloomberg) -- Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he’ll intensify efforts to realize a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Kyodo News Sunday.

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The Japanese government is lobbying through various channels to realize the meeting to change the status quo and establish fruitful relations, Kyodo News reported, citing Kishida’s speech at a gathering in Tokyo on Sunday for the issue of North Korean abductions.

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Japan officially lists 17 of its citizens as having been kidnapped by North Korea in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Five of them were freed in 2002.

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