Japanese Man Held in N. Korea Returns Home


Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese man who was expelled by North Korea following detention arrived at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda aboard a commercial flight Tuesday night.

At a press conference earlier in the day, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that the government plans to hear details of what happened from the man.

The government specifically plans to ask the man about circumstances surrounding his detention, including how he was held, to analyze North Korea's intentions behind its release of the Japanese national.

According to a Japanese government source, the man is from the western Japan prefecture of Shiga and works in the video industry. He does not have any health problem, the source said.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday that Pyongyang had decided to expel the man, a tourist, whom it identified as Tomoyuki Sugimoto, on humanitarian grounds after detaining him for committing an illegal act in the country.

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