Japanese Journalist Yasuda Denied Passport Reissuance

Society

Tokyo, July 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Foreign Ministry refused to reissue a passport for Japanese journalist Junpei Yasuda, who was detained by an armed group in Syria for about three years and four months, it was learned Tuesday.

Yasuda, 45, is considering filing a complaint.

The journalist requested a passport reissuance in January as his previous passport was confiscated by the Syrian group during his capture. He cited "going on a family trip to India and Europe" as the reason for asking for his passport to be reissued.

On Friday, however, the ministry informed Yasuda of its decision not to reissue a passport for him on the grounds that he received a five-year entry ban from the Turkish government.

"I have no plans to enter Turkey," Yasuda said. "Not issuing a passport just because one foreign country denied entry and making me unable to take a trip abroad is an overreach of legal authority."

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