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Japanese Red Army founder Fusako Shigenobu, who was arrested in Osaka Prefecture on Wednesday, since 1998 had met in China and Russia with fellow fugitive members of the leftist guerrilla group in apparent efforts to revive the group, public security sources said.

Among those with whom Shigenobu is alleged to have met are 51-year-old Junzo Okudaira, who was allegedly involved in embassy seizures in The Hague and Kuala Lumpur in 1974 and 1975, and 53-year-old Kunio Bando, who is suspected of involvement in the 1972 capture of a mountain lodge in Nagano Prefecture that left three people dead, the sources told Kyodo News.

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