Friday, April 27, 2007

Japan PM-BUSH will discuss ABDUCTION film

Prime Minister Abe to discuss ABDUCTION film with President Bush

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to discuss the film “ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story” with President Bush as a way of talking about the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea, according to official sources. Mr. Abe is making his first visit to Washington, DC as Prime Minister today and tomorrow.
An official with the Japanese Foreign Ministry, who declined to be named, confirmed to Safari Media, the production company that made “ABDUCTION”, that Mr. Abe plans to discuss the film with the President. Mr. Bush was given a copy of the film in January and recently wrote in a letter to an official that gave it to him that “Laura and I look forward to watching it.” There has been no official confirmation from the White House whether or not he has watched the documentary. Ambassador Thomas Schieffer, the US Ambassador in Tokyo, a close friend of the President, saw the film during a private screening last summer.
“ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story” is a 85-minute documentary that details the kidnapping of a 13-year-old Japanese girl by North Korean agents. The film’s won numerous awards and been shown in at least 10 different countries including the United States. The film’s directors, Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim, will meet with Prime Minister Abe and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe, on Friday afternoon in a private session at the residence of Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato.

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