Japan mulling actions against Myanmar crackdown

October 1, 2007 05:10


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Japan is mulling sanctions or other actions to protest the ruling junta's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, which left a Japanese journalist dead, a senior official said Monday. "Japan will consider measures, including strong steps," chief Cabinet spokesman Nobutaka Machbimura said. "As we have repeatedly mentioned, Japan is strongly concerned about Myanmar's democratization and human rights conditions and we will continue to raise the issue." Machimura noted the slain journalist is believed to have been shot at close range. Japan is seeking a copy of the video of the shooting. Kenji Nagai, 50, was killed Thursday when soldiers fired automatic weapons into a crowd of demonstrators. A video broadcast by Japan's Fuji Television Network appeared to show a soldier shooting him directly from the front.

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