• Kyodo


The daughter of Fusako Shigenobu, founder of the Japanese Red Army guerrilla group who was arrested in Japan in 2000 after decades on the run, arrived at Narita airport Tuesday evening from her home in Lebanon.

Mei Shigenobu, 28, arrived around 6 p.m. She was accompanied by the daughter of a female Red Army cadre who was extradited to Japan after being detained in Peru in 1996.

Shigenobu’s daughter, who is believed to have come to Japan to support her mother, applied for Japanese citizenship in December, and it was approved in March.

Mei Shigenobu was born in the Middle East in 1973 and is expected to live in Japan permanently, according to the sources. They added that she speaks English, French and Japanese and resembles her mother.

Shigenobu, who was arrested in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, on Nov. 8, has been indicted on five charges, including attempted murder for allegedly masterminding the Red Army’s 1974 seizure of the French Embassy in The Hague.

Shigenobu moved to Beirut with Tsuyoshi Okudaira, a senior leader of a precursor guerrilla group, in February 1971.

After Okudaira was killed in an armed attack on an airport in Israel, Shigenobu formed the Lebanon-based Red Army, which had strong ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

It is the first time that a child of a Red Army cadre has entered Japan since July 1996.

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