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North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
On November 15, 1977, 13 year-old Megumi Yokota disappeared without a trace while on her way home from school. Twenty years later a newspaper revealed she was abducted by North Korean operatives and was still in North Korea. Megumi and at least 13 others were taken from coastal cities in Japan during the 1970s and 80s, shoved into holding cells on spy vessels, and shipped ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by Vertical
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Charise D.
Sep 04, 2009 Charise D. rated it really liked it
This book is a memoir of a mother's experience losing her daughter to kidnappers, then discovering that her daughter was abducted not just by a criminal but by a foreign government. It's translated from Japanese, and unfortunately, it does read that way; the phrasing and word-choices are somewhat dry and resemble the speech of a Japanese interpreter. It's sad that the English isn't more natural, because the story is touching and the emotion is heart-felt. One shouldn't read this book expecting a ...more
Aug 15, 2010 Alison added it
The loss of a daughter is a tragedy I can barely contemplate; I imagine losing my own daughter, I remember being wrenched away from my own mother when I was sent to boarding school—these are surely infinitesimal shadows of the pain the Yokota's feel each and every day. A literal translation of the Japanese title for this book is "Megumi, your mother will certainly save you." That is what the book is about, Mrs Yokota's determination to save her daughter. I'm sure she wrote it in the hope Megumi ...more
Steph Su
Feb 25, 2009 Steph Su rated it it was ok
In November 1977, 13-year-old Megumi was walking home from her school’s badminton practice when she disappeared into thin air. For over two decades, her parents and twin younger brothers had no lead as to what happened to her. After raised hopes and disappointments, fake leads and hundreds of hours of reminiscence, they discover that Megumi had been kidnapped by North Korean agents, and that she is living in North Korea.

With the usual reservation of a spiritual, unassuming Asian woman, Sakie Yok
This summer, CNN’s Anderson Cooper ran a story that was both shocking in its immediacy and haunting with its heart-wrenching tale. Four years ago, North Korea admitted to a program of abducting Japanese citizens in the hopes of training them as spies during the Cold War. Sakie Yokota lost her thirteen-year-old daughter, Megumi, in 1977 to this insidious scheme. This is the story of one woman’s personal struggle to find the daughter who was so cruelly taken from her and her transformation from ha ...more
Stuart Hill
Sep 09, 2013 Stuart Hill rated it it was ok
Certainly an interesting and bizarre story but unfortunately it is poorly told. The narrative is badly organised and jumps from one period to another in a confusing fashion. Furthermore the translation from Japanese seems to have been done in a very literal fashion resulting in a very stiff and unnatural style of prose.

There are some intriguing elements which appear ocassionally such as the disinterested response of the local police and the ineffectual politicians in the government. It would hav
Jun 26, 2013 Claudette rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This story is about a terrible country - North Korea. Many Japanese people were kidnapped from Japan and other countries of the world. Their families were left with the heart ache of not knowing what happened to their loved ones. Until some 20 years later information came forward, suggesting North Korean spy's had kidnapped these victims. Some of the kidnapped victims could never return home. In particular, this story is about one of the victims, a 13 year old girl who was kidnapped in the 70's. ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
This was such a sad book. I truly felt for the author who had her daughter kidnapped and literally knew nothing about what happened to her for two decades. My heart went out to her. There is likely something lost--literally-in the translation but I finished this in a day. I would have appreciated hearing about what became of the sons and if there was ever any resolution as to what actually happened to Megumi, and yet it's possible that she never found out.
May 08, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Although the story is heart breaking and disturbing, I'm glad I took my boyfriend's advice and read it. At times it was a bit hard to follow because the author skips around in time, zipping from the 70's to the 90's to the 80's and then back to the 70's. Regardless, I think that everyone should read this and get acquainted with the story of Megumi Yakota and the other Japanese abduction victims. These people need to be brought home!
Dec 18, 2011 Valarie rated it liked it
This story is tragic, and the plight of Japanese people abducted by North Korean agents really deserves more attention. I felt like this memoir could have done a better job of describing the author's emotions at having lost her daughter. In addition, the text was somewhat disorganized, making it difficult to follow the many different people's stories that Yokota tries to include.
Jun 21, 2014 Seul rated it liked it
Wasn't written like the best novel but the words had heart in a way. You could tell that this book was going to be a long ride. It truly was, sadly there's not a lot of development in the book which hurts the book enough to leave you slightly unsatisfied.
Jan 05, 2014 geri rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book, although it is such a terrible true story. Glad it made me aware things like this happen in Korea....sadly.
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