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(Update) Japanese Woman Left behind in N. Korea Wishes to Visit Parents' Grave

(Update) Japanese Woman Left behind in N. Korea Wishes to Visit Parents' Grave

   Hamhung, North Korea, April 19 (Jiji Press)--An 84-year-old Japanese woman who was unable to return to Japan from the Korean Peninsula in the aftermath of the end of World War II and has since been living in North Korea told a group of visiting Japanese journalists on Wednesday that she wishes to visit the grave of her parents.
   She called for improving the relationship between Japan and North Korea and expressed hopes for an early return to Japan.
   The woman also said she is in good health and has been exchanging letters with her relatives in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto, where her parents were born.
   In an unusual move, North Korea allowed the Japanese press to interview with a Japanese national left behind in the reclusive nation after the end of the war in 1945.
   Pyongyang arranged the opportunity in an apparent bid to resume its dialogue with Tokyo, amid escalating tensions between them over the issues of North Korea's abductions of Japanse citizens and development of nuclear weapons and missiles, pundits pointed out.

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