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Elderly relatives of Japan abductees see this as last chance to rescue loved ones from NKorea

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003 file photo, a Japanese police officer is on patrol in front of the headquarters of the pro-Pyongyang General Association for Korean Residents in Japan, in Tokyo. Japan approved easing its sanctions on North Korea on Friday in response to Pyongyang's reopening of a probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese allegedly abducted to the North decades ago. Officials of Chongryong, or the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, which serves as a de-facto North Korean embassy here, can obtain re-entry permits after traveling to North Korea. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara, File) (The Associated Press)

Relatives of the Japanese abductees to North Korea say a renewed probe is most likely their last chance to see their loved ones, and they are getting desperate, as they feel time is running out.

After decades of waiting, they saw a door finally open for a reinvestigation of suspected abductees.

Sakie Yokota said Friday she still believes her daughter Megumi, abducted nearly 40 years ago, is alive, though North Korea said she's dead. Like others, Yokota says she is getting desperate, because at age 78, she doesn't have much time left.

Pyongyang acknowledged in 2002 it abducted Japanese to train spies decades ago and eventually returned five of them. It said others had died or never entered the North, but Tokyo has demanded at least 12 cases be reinvestigated.