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Japan denies German activist entry ahead of G8

Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:05am EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s immigration authorities denied an anti-globalization activist from Germany entry at a port near the venue for the July Group of Eight summit, Kyodo news agency reported on Friday.

Quoting his supporters, Kyodo said German activist Martin Kraemer, 37, was denied entry to Japan after arriving aboard a freighter at a port on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Monday.

He has filed an objection with the immigration authorities and has remained on the freighter awaiting a response, the report said.

Kraemer had planned to attend an anti-summit rally in the city of Sapporo on the island on Saturday, his supporters were quoted as saying.

Japanese immigration officials declined to comment on the report.

“The bureau appears to have tightened immigration checks on Kraemer because the purpose of his travel was tourism and he was carrying only a small amount of money and no return ticket,” Kyodo quoted his supporters as saying.

Japanese authorities have tightened security in and around the venue for the G8 summit scheduled for July 7-9.

(Reporting by Teruaki Ueno; Editing by Hugh Lawson)


Source: www.reuters.com