Organized by:Headquarters for the Abduction Issue, Ministry of Justice

Towards the Immediate Rescue of All Abductees

International Symposium hosted by the Government of Japan

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

Date & Time

Saturday, December 11, 202114:00-15:40
(Registration starts at 13:00)


IINO HALLMAP4th Floor, IINO BUILDING, 2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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Message from the Hosts

The abductions issue 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 is a top priority for the Government of Japan (the GOJ). The GOJ continues to put its maximum effort within the government to realize the immediate return of all abductees. The GOJ has also actively engaged in publicity and awareness-raising activities even during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the situation surrounding North Korea is substantially changing, close cooperation with the United States and other related countries is essential for the resolution of the abductions issue.

In this context, the GOJ provides an opportunity through hosting a symposium to directly listen to the voices of the families of the victims not only from Japan but also from other countries, as well as to understand the actual state of the abductions issue. Experts on the Korean Peninsula from Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea are also invited to discuss the ways of international cooperation towards the resolution of the abductions issue as a global challenge.

It will be a great support to the resolution of the abductions issue for your voice seeking the resolution of this issue to become stronger than ever as a result of this symposium. We hope that you will actively participate in this symposium, including through online.

※For preventing the spread of the COVID-19, some of the speakers are participating remotely or with prerecorded videos.

International Symposium


International cooperation to resolve the abduction issue as a global issue



14:00 Opening (Registration starts at 13:00)

Part 1 Commendation Ceremony for the Essay Competition on the Abduction Issue
Part 2 International Symposium
(1) Opening Remarks by the Host
Mr. Matsuno Hirokazu, Chief Cabinet Secretary, Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue
(2) Appeal by the Families of the Victims

Mr. YOKOTA Takuya (The delegate of the Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea)

Mr. IIZUKA Koichiro (Secretary-General of the Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea)

Ms. TAKESHITA Tamaji (Secretary-General of the Family Association of the Missing Persons Probably Related to the DPRK)

Mr. James Sneddon (Brother of Mr. David Sneddon)

Mr. Gabriel Bumbea (Brother of Ms. Doina Bumbea)

Mr. Banjong Panchoi (Nephew of Ms. Anocha Panchoi)

(3) Panel Discussion

Dr. HOSHINO Toshiya (Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University)


Dr. NISHINO Junya (Professor, Keio University)

Mr. Choi Kang (Vice President, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies)

Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu (Executive Director, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea)



※In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, some of the speakers will be pre-recorded or appear remotely.

※Please refer to the flyer for the details.

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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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Event attendees are requested to wear a mask.
Event attendees with any of the following symptoms will not be permitted to enter the venue.

  • Fever (37.5 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • Cough, sore throat or other symptoms


For inquiries regarding registration

Secretariat for International Symposium hosted by the Government of Japan in the North Korean Human Rights Abuses Awareness Week (in FM SOUNDS LTD.)

Phone: +81 (0)3 5276 2571
Weekdays 10:00 - 18:00 (Excluding public holidays)

※If you have any questions for the panelists, please submit them to this email address. However, due to time constraints, we will not be able to answer all of your questions.