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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
In pictures: Kidnapped Japanese visit home
There have been emotional scenes as five Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s began their first visit home. Eight other kidnapped Japanese have died, North Korea has said.

Fukie Hamamoto (centre) and her husband, Yasushi Chimura (right) who was kidnapped with her (AP)
A couple (right) who were snatched from a beach in 1978 have since married

Fukie Hamamoto (right) hugs one of her relatives (AP)
North Korea only admitted to the kidnappings last month, ending years of waiting for the relatives left behind (AP)

Hitomi Soga (right) walks with her sister, Tomiko Kaneko
The returnees are only visiting for a short break and say they are settled in North Korea

Hitomi Soga holds a bouquet of flowers given to her on arrival in Tokyo
Hitomi Soga was abducted in 1978 and is now married to an American defector

Fukie Hamamoto (centre) is greeted by family members
Fukie Hamamoto's brother said he was happy to see that his sister had not really changed



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