Remains of 2004 'abductee' found
Japan Times -- Sep 02
Remains recently found in Chiba Prefecture are likely those of a man who disappeared at sea in 2004 and was subsequently listed by a private group as a potential kidnapping victim of North Korea, police sources said Saturday.

The family of Shuji Koyama, a Niigata resident who went missing in the Sea of Japan on June 6, 2004, while fishing off the city's coast around dawn at age 43, was told Saturday the remains are almost certainly his, after senior police officials visited to apologize for failing to find him earlier, they said.

先月、千葉県で見つかった白骨化した遺体について警察が身元を調べたところ、北朝鮮に­拉致された疑いがあるとされている「特定失踪者」の小山修司さん(当時43)であるこ­とが分かりました。
Jan 25
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Jan 25
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Jan 25
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Jan 25
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Jan 24
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Jan 25
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Jan 24
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Jan 24
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Jan 24
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Jan 23
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Jan 23
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Jan 22
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Jan 22
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Jan 22
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