Regarding the abduction issue by North Korea, Yukio Ubukata, a member of the House of Representatives of the Constitutional Democratic Party, said at a dialogue meeting with citizens held last month that "the abduction victims are no longer alive", the family association etc. After receiving a protest from Mr. Ikukata, he withdrew his remark and apologized after admitting that he had made his own remark.

According to the family association of the abductees and the "Saving Association" of the support group, a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party said at a dialogue meeting with the citizens held in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture last month, over the abduction issue by North Korea. The abductees who were taken away from Japan are no longer alive. "

The family association and others issued a protest statement saying, "Mr. Ikukata's remarks are a serious insult to the families and supporters who have poured their heart and soul into the rescue of all the victims, and they are blasphemous." I asked for cancellation and apology.

In response to this, Mr. Ikukata told his Twitter on the 11th, "I have made inappropriate remarks. I will withdraw my remarks and apologize to the families and related parties of the abductees." I posted and apologized.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno "I regret that it is incompatible with the position of the government."

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said at a press conference in the morning, "I regret that my remarks are incompatible with the position of the government. The government will return home as soon as possible on the premise that all the abductees are alive. We will do our utmost to realize this. "

Secretary-general Ishin Baba "I don't need a political party called the Constitutional Democratic Party."

Baba, the secretary-general of the Nippon Ishin no Kai, said at the party's deputy meeting, "It's outrageous. I'm angry that a person in the position of a member of parliament speaks openly without any grounds and without proper confirmation. I remember. I would like to reiterate that the Constitutional Democratic Party does not need to be in Japan. "