Japan wants notified of Fujimori's condition
Updated: 2005-11-08 15:18
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday Japan wants to be informed of
the condition of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori who is under Chilean
Aso told a press conference that Japan will ask the Chilean government to
provide information about Fujimori because "he has a Japanese nationality."
He also said Japan will inquire about the possibility of a meeting between
Japanese consular representatives and Fujimori.
Fujimori, 67, was arrested by the Chilean police at a hotel in Santiago after
arriving Sunday afternoon from Tokyo via Mexico.
Earlier in the day, the Peruvian government made a request to the Chilean
Foreign Ministry to arrest and extradite Fujimori.
Fujimori, born in Peru to Japanese immigrants and was president from 1990 to
2000, fled Peru in November 2000 after a corruption scandal toppled his
He is wanted on 21 separate charges ranging from kidnapping to torture and
murder of political opponents.
The Japanese government has been reluctant to hand him over to Peru, citing
his Japanese citizenship.
The former president said repeatedly he would participate in Peru's coming
presidential election in 2006.