めぐみ, お母さんがきっと助けてあげる

めぐみ, お母さんがきっと助けてあげる[PDF] ❤ めぐみ, お母さんがきっと助けてあげる ⚣ Sakie Yokota – Varanus.us 新潟の町から忽然と姿を消した娘は北朝鮮に拉致されていた! 理不尽な事件に遭遇して年、愛するわが子と引き離された母が、辛苦の胸中をつづ 新潟の町から忽然と姿を消した娘は北朝鮮に拉致されていた! 理不尽な事件に遭遇して年、愛するわが子と引き離された母が、辛苦の胸中をつづった慟哭の手記。昭和五十二年十一月、日本海に面した新潟の町から一人の少女が忽然と姿を消した。新潟市立寄居中学の一年生だった横田めぐみさん、十三歳。大がかりな捜索も虚しく、生死不明のまま二十年が過ぎた平成九年、両親のもとに驚くべき事実が伝えられた。めぐみさんは北朝鮮の工作員に拉致され、平壌で暮らしていると…。ある日突然、理不尽な事件に巻き込まれ、愛する娘と引き離された母が、二十年に及ぶ辛苦の日々を綴った慟哭の手記。日本海に面した新潟の町から一人の少女が忽然と姿を消し、生死不明のまま年が過ぎた。そして平成年、少女は北朝鮮の工作員に拉致され平壌にいるとの情報が伝えられた。愛する娘と引き離された母が綴る慟哭の手記。.

めぐみ, お母さんがきっと助けてあげる
  • 222 pages
  • めぐみ, お母さんがきっと助けてあげる
  • Sakie Yokota
  • 05 September 2017
  • 9784794209214

    10 thoughts on “めぐみ, お母さんがきっと助けてあげる


  1. says:

    This book is Megumi Yokota's mother's record of everything that has happened during the past 25 or so years since she was kidnapped by North Korea. It was heart-wrenching at times when she talked about missing her little girl and combing the beach every day for her body. It was also very enlightening on the North Korea Kidnapping problem (拉致問題) that has been ignored for so long. Actually, the most important section on this is just the last 20 pages, which are by a different author. The politics are so weird. Why would any government just accept such atrocities?
    It got a little slow later on when she was talking about all of the meetings, lobbying and streeting she had to do to get some attention.
    North Korea returned a box of ashes, but it is unknown as to whether it was her or not. Sakie does not believe so.


  2. says:

    This was a tragic memoir of a woman whose quest to find out what happened to her daughter, who went missing in 1977, led to the eventual understanding that her daughter was being kidnapped and brought to North Korea by its spies. The memoir read quite simply, like you were reading a diary, which made for a quick and easy read, but also meant it jumped around quite a bit and at times wandered, the way it might if you were listening to her speak.

    Regardless, an interesting but heartbreaking account of a mother's loss and the near impossibility of having her daughter returned to her given the regime and the political hurdles.

    Though North Korea eventually admitted to kidnapping Megumi, it has continued to insist that she has since died while her parents continue their vigil that she remains alive and living in North Korea.


  3. says:

    This book was a little disappointing to me. Although Sakie Yokota's experience of losing her daughter is utterly heartbreaking, Yokota's descriptions of her emotions are frankly, bland, and not very developed (maybe it has to do with the translation). I was initially drawn into the book with Megumi's disappearance but had a hard time going through it because the time jumps back and forth.

    Despite these disappointments, I enjoyed Yokota's descriptions of her daughter as it helped me feel closer to a mother's perspective on this experience. In some ways, I think Yokota wrote this memoir to help find her daughter and raise awareness of the terrible kidnappings of not only Megumi but also others from Japan. I wish there were a resolution but it is possible that neither Yokota nor us will ever find out.


  4. says:

    Utterly heartbreaking! A mother's pain over her loss of a daughter. A teenage daughter who just disappeared without a trace on her way back from school. Parents who never really gave up hope of seeing her once again who finally was told that she was kidnapped by North Korean's spies for some unknown reason. That she grew up, married, had a child, but was rather sick... I can't even start to imagine the pain :'(


  5. says:

    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 true-crime-style retelling of events; Sakie Yokota most likely doesn't know all the details and is not in a position to tell that part of the story. Some reviewers say this book seemed like mere catharsis, but to me it felt like a plea to the public of the whole world to rally behind the parents and siblings of people abducted and carried away by a foreign government, an entity too powerful for individuals to fight against. The author's loving descriptions of her daughter's childhood and good nature are an attempt to make the story personal, so that we all feel like we know Megumi, and will hopefully give support and encourage our governments to do something to help. Yokota's frustration at her own government's lack of initiative is palpable, but I'm not surprised to learn that the cries of a desperate mother go unheeded by a modern democracy. It seems the most common foreign policy for governments today is to maintain equilibrium at all costs.

    The only problem I had with the book is that it contains pictures of a person presumed to be Megumi, and pictures of another person presumed to be Megumi's child, but the text was written before the documents were produced and there is no addendum to explain them.

    As an aside, I found it eerie that while Megumi's whereabouts were still completely unknown to her parents, a rumor went around that she had been hospitalized for a mental breakdown. In fact, her parents eventually learned that Megumi did suffer a mental breakdown in North Korea. The author doesn't spend much time on this strange piece of information, but I want to know how this rumor started. Was someone in Niigata in contact with the abductors or the North Korean government? Did someone, possibly even a neighbor or acquaintance, know the secret of Megumi's disappearance all along? We will probably never know.

    I'm giving this book four stars in spite of the lackluster translation because I believe this is a story everyone should be aware of, and I can't believe so little has been done thus far to right these wrongs.


  6. says:

    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 would catch sight of it one day.

    Every time I see the Yokota's on TV I choke up. They grow elderly, and more desperate, but always appear unfailingly polite and dignified. No one should have to suffer what they do. They have been wronged not only by North Korea, but also by the Japanese government, which failed, and continues to fail in it's duty to care for its citizens. The lack of political will to do anything to aid all the abductees still in North Korea constitutes a moral crime in itself. Whatever the shortcomings of this book, the shocking facts it outlines still stand as testimony to that.


  7. says:

    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 Yokota, Megumi’s mother, describes the years that her family suffered after Megumi’s abduction. This book doesn’t go into too much detail about the emotional impact of the kidnapping on the Yokota family; rather, it focuses more on the process that Megumi’s parents went through in trying to come to terms with their daughter’s disappearance, and the aftermath of discovering Megumi’s whereabouts. Not my usual type of book, but for those who want a first-person account of the sad reality of infamous North Korean doings, this is your book.


  8. says:

    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 happy housewife to political activist and crusader. In August 2006, Sakie met with President Bush to further talks about demanding sanctions on North Korea. The documentary, Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story is available and also a quick search on YouTube will allow you to explore more coverage of this astonishing emotional and political quagmire. This riveting true story of every parent’s worst nightmare will captivate and horrify you.


  9. says:

    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 have been nice if there had been some attempt to provide an analysis of what was happening but this is pretty much a bare bones account of events.

    It would be good if a talented writer were to make more of this story in the future as this was disappointingly slight despite some emotionally powerful moments.


  10. says:

    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. A sad story but an interesting read. Even today, North Korea is a culture with no morals - letting off a nuclear missile (2009).

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