Japan has changed its tactics in engaging with North Korea, so for the first time since 2007, Japan will not take part in submitting a draft of a joint resolution condemning North Korea on human rights abuses.
This is viewed as a conciliatory gesture aimed at starting dialogue with North Korea, and meetings in Tokyo.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo that this decision of not submitting a daft, which Japan has done for 11 years as part of a group of 47-member Human Rights Council, was based on the results of the US – North Korean summit in Hanoi.
Japan and PM Abe have led the campaign with US President Trump to apply “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program and other issues.
This strategy by Tokyo to engage has forced PM Abe to openly state that Japan is still committed to its relationship with Washington and Trump with regards to applying pressure to North Korea. It is in lockstep with Washington.
The goal is simple. Japan aims to settle the abduction issue with North Korea – remember back in the 1970s and 1980s, as many as 40 Japanese citizens were kidnapped from the coast of Japan and taken to North Korea to train agents as spies in language and culture.