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Friday, 23rd July 2010
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Japanese media, opp gov criticise Korean spy visit

The media and opposition government in Japan have both criticised a visit to the country by a former North Korean spy, Reuters Africa has reported.

Kim Hyon-hui spied for the secretive regime in the 1970s and 1980s and was at one point implicated in the bombing of a South Korean plane, resulting in the deaths of all 115 people onboard.

She is in the country to meet with the families of a number of Japanese citizens thought to have been kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. In the past, North Korea has claimed that a number of the taken people have now passed away but Japan has asked for proof of this as well as an investigation into the kidnappings.

However, according to reports Kim did not give anymore information on the kidnapped persons, which may have disappointed the families she was due to meet.

The media and the opposition government spoke out against the cost and disruption of her visit, which included a helicopter ride apparently for Kim's personal safety. She was heavily guarded at all times and roads were closed in Tokyo after her arrival.

Written by Kimberley Homer.