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Friday, 18 October, 2002, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
In pictures: Emotional reunion for Japanese
Five Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea a quarter of a century ago are visiting their hometowns for a bittersweet reunion with family and friends. The five were abducted by North Korea to train its spies. Eight others who were abducted are reported to have died.

Kaoru Hasuike (left) is greeted by one of his high school classmates
Kaoru Hasuike (left) was snatched from a beach in 1978, bundled into a sack, and shipped to North Korea.

Kaoru Hasuike (foreground left) is embraced by his relatives
"I can't express how it feels to set foot in my hometown after 24 years," Mr Hasuike said.

Kaoru Hasuike (right) chats with his father, Hidekazu, during a sushi dinner
It is a brief reunion - the abductees are to return to their lives in North Korea, where they have children.

Hitomi Soga (left) cries as she is hugged by her father Shigeru, on her arrival at her former home in Mano, northern Japan, 17 October 2002
Shigeru Soga (right ) held a funeral ceremony for his daughter, Hitomi, 15 years after she went missing.

Japanese kidnapping victim Hitomi Soga adjusts her family tombstone as a Buddhist priest looks on, Sado Island, northern Japan,
Following Japanese custom, Hitomi Soga visited the family grave. Her mother, who also disappeared, remains unaccounted for.

Hitomi Soga receives her diploma from the Sado High School headmaster
Hitomi Soga, who was kidnapped when she was 19, finally received her high school diploma.

Neighbours of Kaoru Hasuike wave as he visits home 24 years after being kidnapped by North Korea
Japan hopes the five abductees will return to Japan permanently, but it is not clear if they want to.


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