Japan delegation heads to North Korea over kidnapping probe

October 27, 2014 8:55 AM

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TOKYO: A Japanese delegation is to arrive in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang's investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.

The four-day visit -- the first official Japanese delegation to the North in a decade -- comes after Tokyo eased sanctions against the secretive state in July when it pledged to revisit the abductions in the 1970s and 1980s by North Korean agents.

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