Family of man slain by North Korea, Japanese support group official meet in SeoulBy Kim Arin
Published : April 13, 2023 - 20:07
Kazuhiro Araki, the head of a support group for families of Japanese abducted by North Korea, on Thursday met with Lee Rae-jin, the older brother of the South Korean official who was slain near the inter-Korean sea border in September 2020.
Araki, who is visiting Seoul, spoke with Lee and his lawyer Kim Ki-yun for about two hours at People Power Party Rep. Ha Tae-keung’s office to discuss plans for a meeting with Japanese families of the missing.
“I think it will be empowering for victims of different kinds of abuses by North Korea to gather, and speak with one another. The gathering will allow us to join voices and ideas on how to respond and cope,” Lee told The Korea Herald.
“The victims of North Korean atrocities are of different nationalities, and there must be ways for us to work together.”
Lee is in the midst of a court battle against former top officials from the Moon Jae-in administration for their suspected role in the cover-up and mishandling of his brother’s death.
Lee’s lawyer Kim said he has offered legal help to Aiko Kawasaki, a Korean Japanese and North Korea escapee who is seeking an information disclosure suit.
Lee added that he was invited to speak virtually at Japan’s House of Representatives conference on the accountability, preservation and documentation of human rights violations in North Korea slated for April 28.
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