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Russia Expels Japanese Journalist Accused of Spying

Russia Expels Japanese Journalist Accused of Spying

MOSCOW - Russia expelled a Japanese journalist last month for trying to obtain secret information related to military capabilities in the Russian Far East, the RIA news agency reported.
The expelled journalist worked for Kyodo News, the Japanese agency said on Tuesday, denying the accusation of attempted espionage.
Kyodo did not identify the reporter but said he was detained on December 25 in Vladivostok and released after about five hours of questioning.
The reporter was told to leave Russia in 72 hours, Kyodo said.
"For safety reasons, he left the country the following day. It is our understanding that he was engaged in standard reporting activities," Kyodo said in an emailed statement.
Russia's foreign ministry summoned a Japanese embassy official to make an official diplomatic protest over the incident, RIA reported.
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it could not comment on the matter. (Aljazeera)