Kaoru Hasuike spent 24 years in the north before he was released. He hopes diplomacy can shed light on the fate of eight Japanese citizens still missing
It was supposed to have been a quiet date on the beach for two young people with plans to spend the rest of their lives together.
In late July 1978, Kaoru Hasuike and his girlfriend, Yukiko Okudo, walked several hundred metres along the sand, making sure to avoid a group of rowdy drinkers. After finding a quiet spot, they sat side by side to watch the sun set over the Sea of Japan.
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