We wrote about Megumi's abduction
a couple of months ago, when an anime
about her life and her parents' struggle was made (you can watch it in full here
). But it looks like the issue regarding the North Korean abductions of Japanese
citizens in the '70s and '80s is still far from being resolved, as more discrepancies surrounding Megumi's alleged death have appeared, via Mainichi
In 2002, North Korea first claimed that Megumi Yokota committed suicide in March 1993, but in August 2004 one of the surviving abductees testified that Megumi was still alive until 1994. As a result, North Korea issued a new statement, claiming that one of their officials had a case of bad memory, and that Megumi in fact killed herself in April 1994. They even provided Japan with the so-called cremated remains of Megumi, but Japan's sloppy DNA testing concluded they did not belong to her.
Now, another contradictory piece of her life's puzzle appeared, as yet another survivng abductee - Fukie Chimura, 52 - told Japanese authorities that Megumi "moved in next door to us in June 1994" (two months after her alleged death), and that she continued to live there for several months. So I guess it's North Korea's turn to come up with some other unlikely death scenario. And launch a few more test missiles into the Sea of Japan...