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Japan to ease N. Korea curbs

Sanction relief offered after probe of abductions reopened

Posted: July 4, 2014 at 2:40 a.m.

TOKYO -- Japan took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea today by agreeing to lift some of its sanctions in response to the North's decision to reopen an investigation into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese thought to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.

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