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Cartoon of abduction victim goes on sale

KAWASAKI, Japan, July 21 (UPI) -- A comic book about Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl allegedly abducted by North Korean agents when she was 13 years old, went on sale Thursday in Japan.

The girl's parents, Shigeru Yokota, 72, and Sakie Yokota, 69, said they wanted as many people as possible to learn about the abduction by reading "Megumi," published by Futabasha and created by cartoonist Soichi Moto, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

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The book describes the parents' memories of Megumi and their lives since she was abducted in 1977.

"If Megumi returns (to Japan) and reads the cartoon, she will be surprised and grateful," Shigeru Yokota said. He said Megumi used to like drawing cartoons.

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has children. I think parents' attachment to their children is common in every country," he added. "I want him to read the cartoon."

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