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A Visitor Linked to Al Qaeda Raises Security Fears in Japan

The Japanese police said Thursday that they were investigating whether a French citizen said to be linked to Al Qaeda tried to set up a terrorist cell here, after reports in the Japanese news media this week that the man had repeatedly entered the country from Malaysia using a fake passport. The reports have heightened fears about potential attacks in Japan, which is already on edge after sending 550 soldiers to Iraq. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Wednesday, “I am ordering authorities to boost security and be on the lookout in many areas, including immigration.” The chief cabinet secretary, Hiroyuki Hosoda, told a news conference: “I am surprised to hear that a person linked to Al Qaeda was in Japan. The police are investigating, and I believe they will look into what kind of activities he had here and how he got in and out of the country.” Full Story

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