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(Yi-Zheng Lian, a commentator on Hong Kong and Asian affairs, is a professor of economics at Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan.)
Toshio Miyatsuka, a professor at Yamanashi Gakuin University, said he and his wife were detained early Tuesday while he was taking photos and video from Jian, Jilin Province, of a bridge over the Yalu River, which forms the border between China and North Korea there.
Toshio Miyatsuka, a professor specializing in modern Korean economic history at Yamanashi Gakuin University, said since Kim Jong Un, the 28-year-old third son of the deceased leader, ''still cannot make his own decisions'' the country will likely be ''governed by a collective leadership centered on senior military officials.''
Also affected were servers for research in the city of Nagano, Yamanashi Gakuin University's Web site and computers at Waseda University research facilities.
According to Yamanashi Gakuin University officials, when a staff member tried to access the university's Web site before 9 a.m.
The meeting between the leaders of the pro-Seoul Korean Residents Union in Japan, or Mindan, and the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, ''reflects the relationship of the two Koreas,'' said Toshio Miyatsuka, professor of modern Korean history at Yamanashi Gakuin University.
Nobuko Kosuge, a professor of Peace Studies and History at Yamanashi Gakuin University, said there is a tendency in Japan still to pay more attention to the atrocities carried out in China and other occupied countries, rather than to the mistreatment meted out to Allied prisoners.
''North Korea, which had so firmly denied the (allegations of) abductions, admitted the facts and apologized because its economy has failed,'' Toshio Miyatsuka, professor of North Korean economic history at Yamanashi Gakuin University, said.
Nobuko Kosuge, a lecturer at Yamanashi Gakuin University and the representative of the tree-planting fund raising campaign in Japan, said she hopes that the Japanese public would support the project.
"Both China and Russia are reluctant to deal with this issue, because they are afraid to cause repercussions in their relationships with North Korea," said Toshio Miyatsuka, associate professor at Yamanashi Gakuin University.