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Japanese man detained in N. Korea: gov't officials

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Japanese man has recently been taken into custody in North Korea, government officials said Saturday, with Tokyo trying to gather information about the case.

    A Foreign Ministry official declined to provide specifics such as the purpose of the man's visit to North Korea, saying only that the ministry is in the process of confirming details.

    The ministry has asked Japanese citizens to refrain from traveling to North Korea as part of its economic sanctions on the country.

    In 1999, a Japanese newspaper reporter in North Korea was taken into custody on spy charges and detained for about two years.

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