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Cablegate: Japan Will Not Present at G8 Kidnapping Conference

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TAGS: PTER ASEC PREL PGOV KCRM JA
SUBJECT: JAPAN WILL NOT PRESENT AT G8 KIDNAPPING CONFERENCE

REF: STATE 156987

Japan prefers not to make a presentation at the Third Annual
G8 International Kidnapping Conference, MOFA International
Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Division told the Embassy
November 26 in response to reftel demarche, delivered
November 16. Japanese officials "do not have enough
experience" with international kidnapping to make a
substantive presentation, said Division Officer Atsuyuki
Fujinuma, and the kidnapping of a Japanese national in Iran
makes the issue especially sensitive. The Japanese
government will send three respresentatives to the conference:
--National Police Agency Chief Inspector Kazuhiko Kawano
--National Police Agency Director for Counter International
Terrorism Intelligence Kazushi Inoue
--National Police Agency Inspector Muneharu Shosaki
DONOVAN

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