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June 14, 2005

Jenkins to Visit Mother After 40 Years

Former US Army deserter Charles Jenkins (65) is to visit his 91-year old mother for the first time in 40 years. Travelling with his wife Hitomi Soga (49), who was one of the many Japanese citizens kidnapped to North Korea over the last few decades, and their two daughters, Mika (22) and Belinda (19), they leave for North Carolina this morning. Upon his arrival from North Korea last year, Jenkins was detained by US military authorities and served a nominal 25-day sentence for his desertion in 1965. Since his release, he and his family have been living at Soga's home on Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture. Among the activities that he has been engaged in as he adjusted to life in Japan has been teaching English at a local conversation school. He was forced to teach English to potential spies during his time in North Korea.

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