SEOUL (Kyodo) South Korean immigration authorities on Thursday denied entry to a Japanese man arriving at Incheon International Airport on “security grounds,” Yonhap news agency and other sources said.

Hajime Matsumoto, 35, who runs a secondhand shop in Suginami Ward, Tokyo, flew to South Korea because he was invited to attend an event in Seoul. He is expected to be deported as soon as Friday, sources close to Matsumoto said.

Matsumoto was reportedly on the Incheon immigration office’s “black list.” The decision to bar him could be related to security arrangements for the upcoming summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in November in Seoul.

Matsumoto, who works in a Suginami shopping arcade, heads a youth group seeking to live freely.

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