Japan consulate to continue providing support to parents of missing sisters

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THE Consular Office of Japan on Saipan will continue to provide assistance to the Yamada couple who have been visiting the island to get an update about the investigation into their missing daughters.

Kazuhiko Ono

In a statement, Japan Consul Kazuhiko Ono said on March 13 he met Hideki and Kozue Yamada and discussed “important matters.”

Ono said he assured the couple that the consulate will continue to support them in requesting the CNMI Department of Public Safety to meet with them.

The consulate will also continue to forward any document or letter to DPS from the Yamada family.

In addition, Ono said his office will continue to request that the Yamada sisters’ belongings be returned to their parents.

“If we receive any new information from the Department of Public Safety regarding the case, we will inform the family members immediately,” he added.

Ono said he explained to the Yamada couple that the consulate must follow the guidelines set in place by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“However,” he added, “we [assured] the family that within these limits our office will continue to provide support as much as possible.”

The Yamadas’ daughters, Chinatsu, then 26 years old, and Natsuki, then 33 years old, were last seen on June 30, 2014.

The sisters’ rented car was found at Wing Beach where police believed they drowned while swimming. A deflated raft that was apparently used by the sisters was recovered from the sea.

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