Friday, March 24, 2006

North Korea 北朝鮮 総連

OSAKA, Japan, March 23 (UPI) -- Japanese police Thursday raided an office with links to North Korea in connection with the 1980 abduction of a Japanese national by North Korean agents.

Police searched the Osaka office of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, a pro-Pyongyang group. A police spokesman said the raid was connected with the abduction of Tadaaki Hara, who was a 43-year-old noodle shop employee in Osaka when he disappeared from a beach in southwestern Japan in 1980.

Japanese police believe he was kidnapped by North Korean agents and suspect that a 74-year-old manager of the noodle shop was involved in the abduction, Kyodo News reported.

It was the first raid by Japanese police in connection with Hara's case after they obtained an arrest warrant last month for former North Korean agent Sin Guang Su, 76link


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