Japanese government officials scrambled Thursday to secure the release of a Japanese man kidnapped in Iran while traveling alone, the Foreign Ministry said.
The man, 23, had been kidnapped in southeast Iran, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, ministry official Yosuke Kawana said, adding that the case surfaced Monday when the Japanese Embassy notified Tokyo.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura told reporters Thursday that the man, who had called the embassy, had been confirmed alive.
"It's extremely regrettable," Machimura said of the incident. "We are doing our utmost for his safe release."