Seminar on the North Korean Abductions Issue

RSVP Required:

Hudson Institute, the Government of Japan, and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) will host a seminar addressing the abduction of Japanese, South Korean, American and nationals of other countries by North Korea. This two-part seminar will feature families of abductees who will discuss the process of seeking to learn the fate of loved ones held in North Korea. The seminar will also explore international cooperation toward the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern such as abductions, nuclear, and missile issues.

For part one, we have speakers from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States, including abductee family members, to talk about their agony. For part two, Japanese and U.S. officials will give remarks regarding their work on the abductions issue and will include a question and answer session with the audience.

This event will include simultaneous translations.

NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to


Nick Eberstadt (Moderator)
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Keiji Furuya
Committee of Congressional Members to Act for the Early Rescue of Japanese Victims Abducted by North Korea

Koichiro Iizuka
Vice Secretary-General
Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea

Hwang Incheol
Association for Family Members of the 1969 KAL Kidnapping Victims

Melanie Kirkpatrick
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute

Akira Sato
State Minister of Cabinet Office
Government of Japan

Greg Scarlatoiu
Executive Director
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Michael Sneddon
Brother of David Sneddon who was allegedly abducted by North Korea in 2004

Cindy Warmbier
Mother of Otto Warmbier who was tortured & imprisoned in North Korea

Ken Weinstein
President and CEO
Hudson Institute

Takuya Yokota
Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Introductory Remarks
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Part 1
9:20 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Part 2
9:55 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Audience Q & A
10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.