LDP lawmakers discuss draft on bill for additional sanctions on N. Korea

LDP’s special committed for tackling the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals held its general meeting on November 21 and discussed the outlines for a bill calling for additional sanctions on North Korea.  Aboult 30 LDP lawmakers including Keiji Furuya (Committee Chairman) and Eriko Yamatani (Secretary General) participated in the discussion.  Kazuhide Ishikawa, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Foreign Ministry reported the current status on this issue.  Takashi Kawachi of the ministry also attended the meeting.  Mr. Iizka, Mr. Masumoto, Prof. Nishioka, and Mr. Hirata represented the family members and Rescue Abdcutees.   (See LDP panel calls for total ban on exports, travel to N. Korea for more details.)

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