Japan checking report of Japanese man held in North Korea
August 11 at 4:49 AM
TOKYO â" Japan says it is looking into reports that a Japanese citizen was taken into custody this month in North Korea.
The Asahi newspaper reported Saturday the man faces possible spying allegations. The NTV broadcaster said the man is a 39-year-old self-claimed âvideo creatorâ who was on a group tour in the North and was supposed to return to Japan on Aug. 13 but has lost contact recently.
NTV said he might have been seized while trying to film a military facility in North Koreaâs northwestern region.
Japanâs Foreign Ministry said Saturday that it is looking into the case following the report. It declined to give further details.
Japan is still trying to secure the release of Japanese abducted to North Korea decades ago, a major dispute between the two countries.
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