Japanese man kidnapped in Iran, believed safe

October 11, 2007 04:12


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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, identified only as a solo tourist in his 20s, had been kidnapped in southeast Iran, ministry official Yosuke Kawana said, adding that the case surfaced Monday when the Japanese Embassy notified Tokyo. Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura spoke Wednesday with his Iranian counterpart, Monouchehr Mottaki, asking for his cooperation over the matter, Kawana said. "(Mottaki) said (Iranian authorities) have learned where he is kept, and promised cooperation to win his safe release," Komura told reporters, indicating the man is safe and that Iranian authorities have rough ideas about the captors.

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