Towards the Immediate Rescue of All Abductees!

International SymposiumHosted by the Government of Japan

International cooperation
to resolve the abduction issue as a global issueEvents related to North Korean Human Rights Abuses Awareness Week

Date

Saturday, December 12, 202014:00-16:00(Registration starts at 12:30)

Venue

Iino HallMAP(4th floor, Iino Building, 2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo)

This symposium has ended.

Purpose of the Symposium

The issue of the abductions by North Korea is a matter of grave concern pertaining to the sovereignty of Japan as well as the lives and safety of the Japanese citizens and the Government of Japan continues to inject maximum effort by mobilizing all available resources within the government to realize the return of all abductees at the earliest possible timing. While the situation surrounding North Korea is drawing attention, close cooperation with countries concerned, beginning with the United States, is essential for the resolution of the abductions issue.

In this context, the Government of Japan is hosting a symposium offering you an opportunity to directly listen to the voices of families of the victims about the actual state of abduction and hardship of family members, not only from Japan but also from other countries. We have also invited experts on North Korea from Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea to discuss the way of international cooperation towards the resolution of the abductions issue as a global challenge.

Your voice, hopefully becoming stronger than ever as a result of this symposium, would certainly add a powerful boost to the resolution of the abductions issue. With a determination to never miss an opportunity, the Government of Japan is fully committed to making its utmost efforts to realize the return of all the abductees to Japan as soon as possible.

International Symposium

Theme

International cooperation to resolve the abduction issue as a global issue

Program(scheduled)

14:00

Start(*12:30 Hall opens)

Part 1:Commendation Ceremony for the Essay Competition
on the Abduction Issue
Part 2:International Symposium
(1)Opening Remarks by the Host

Mr. KATO Katsunobu
(Chief Cabinet Secretary and Minister in Charge of the Abduction issue)

(2)Appeal by the Families of the Victims

<Presenters>
Mr. YOKOTA Takuya(Secretary‒General of the Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea)
Mr. IIZUKA Koichiro(Vice Secretary-General of the Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea)
Mr. IMAI Hideki(President of the Family Association of the Missing Persons Probably Related to the DPRK)
Mr. Fred and Mrs. Cindy Warmbier(Parents of Mr. Otto Warmbier)
Mr. Gabriel Bumbea(Brother of Ms. Doina Bumbea)
Mr. Hwang In-cheol(Leader of the Association for Family Members of the 1969 KAL Kidnapping Victims)

(3)Panel Discussion

<Moderator>
Mr. HOSHINO Toshiya(Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)

<Panelists>
Mr. RI Sotetsu(Professor, Ryukoku University)
Mr. Evans J. R. Revere(Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs,
United States of America)

Mr. Jhe Seong-ho(Professor, Chung-Ang University, Former Human Rights Ambassador,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea)

16:00

Close

*Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, some of the speakers are participating remotely or with prerecorded videos.

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Access

Venue

Iino Hall4th floor, Iino Building, 2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo

Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Chiyoda LineDirectly connected to Kasumigaseki Station exit C4
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line5 minutes’ walk from Kasumigaseki Station exit B2
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line3 minutes’ walk from Toranomon Station exit 9

Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line10 minutes’ walk from Sakuradamon Station exit 5
JR Yamanote Line, Keihintohoku Line, Tokaido Line, Yokosuka Line, Toei Subway Asakusa Line, Yurikamome10 minutes’ walk from Shimbashi Station
Toei Subway Mita Line3 minutes’ walk from Uchisaiwaicho Station exit A7

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Enquiry

Regarding registration procedures

Secretariat for the International Symposium Hosted by the Government of Japan
in the North Korean Human Rights Abuses Awareness Week(in Cerespo Co., Ltd.)

TEL:+81-3-5944-5444 / FAX:+81-3-5394-7654
(Reception Time 10:00-18:00 Weekdays)
E-Mail:info@abductees2020.jp

Enquires about the contents

Policy Planning Division, Secatariat of Headquarters for the Abduction Issue
CABINT SECRETARIAT

1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
TEL:+81-3-3581-8898 / FAX:+81-3-3581-6011