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Japanese government delegation in North Korea for talks on abduction issue

  • Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau of Japanese Foreign Ministry, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Japanese government delegation led by Ihara has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau of Japanese Foreign Ministry, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Japanese government delegation led by Ihara has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau of Japanese Foreign Ministry, waits in the lobby of the Koryo Hotel, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. A Japanese government delegation led by Ihara has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau of Japanese Foreign Ministry, waits in the lobby of the Koryo Hotel, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. A Japanese government delegation led by Ihara has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Junichi Ihara, center, director general of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau of Japanese Foreign Ministry, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Japanese government delegation led by Ihara has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Junichi Ihara, center, director general of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau of Japanese Foreign Ministry, arrives at the Sunan International Airport, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. The Japanese government delegation led by Ihara has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

A Japanese government delegation has arrived in Pyongyang to discuss North Korea's investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and 1980s.

The delegation that arrived Monday hopes to find out more about what happened to at least 12 Japanese citizens — and possibly dozens more — it believes were abducted by North Korea but whose fates remain unknown.

North Korea earlier agreed to re-open an investigation into the abduction cases. It has acknowledged abducting some Japanese and allowed five of them to return to Japan in 2002, but claimed that other abductees had died.