Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto asked Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri on Wednesday to extradite five members of the Japanese Red Army being held in a Lebanese prison.

Hashimoto told Hariri during a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence that the timing of the prisoners’ return should be determined by the Lebanese judicial system, but that Japan wants the five handed over once they complete their prison terms, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

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