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Japan 'serenely' following Fujimori case in Chile: embassy
Updated: 2005-11-10 11:16

Japan is "serenely" following the case of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who has Japanese citizenship and faces possible extradition from Chile to Peru, Tokyo's embassy in Lima said.

"The position of our government is to serenely observe the events' development," the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy said it was in contact with the Chilean government "in accordance with consular procedures."

Fujimori, 67, was arrested Monday after arriving in Santiago from Japan, where he had lived for the last five years. He was president of Peru from 1990 to 2000, when he fled to Japan and resigned.

Japan's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was still pressing Chile to gain consular access to the Japanese-Peruvian Fujimori.

"We have not received any reply from Chile yet and we don't know when we will receive it," Yoshinori Katori, a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters in Tokyo.

"As the judicial procedure has started in Chile, Japan would like to observe that appropriate procedures are taken," Katori said.

Peru is seeking Fujimori's extradition from Chile to try him on charges of corruption and killings under his administration.

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