Jpanese Public Opinion Hostile To North Korea

Since the end of World War II, Japanese public opinion has been remarkably quiet when it comes to exerting pressure on the government concerning foreign policy issues, but the average Japanese citizen apparently has his/her back up against any further relations with North Korea until the abduction of their citizens by the North Koreans is finally resolved. Over the pa;t twenty years, for some strange reason, the North Korean government has abducted Japanese civilians and most have never been returned. Although Japan has been actively involved in current negotiations with North Korea over atomic weapon issues, its government is unable to initiate significant economic relations with their northern neighbor until the abduction issue is cleared up. Public opinion has been shaped by the media for the first time in Japanese history and the government is attempting to figure out how to deal with this new phenomenon.