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BEIJING (Kyodo) The Fujita Corp. employee still in custody in Hebei Province, China, met Japanese diplomats Tuesday and asked them to tell his family he is “fine and don’t worry,” the Japanese Embassy said.

It was the third meeting between Sadamu Takahashi, an employee of a Shanghai unit of the Tokyo-based construction company, and embassy staff since he and three other employees were detained Sept. 20 in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei.

Chinese authorities have yet to say when they will free Takahashi, according to an embassy official.

During talks Monday with Premier Wen Jiabao in Brussels, Prime Minister Naoto Kan is believed to have called for Takahashi’s release.

The diplomats met Takahashi at a Shijiazhuang hotel for 20 minutes, the embassy said in a news release.

China on Sept. 30 freed the other three men who had been detained with Takahashi for allegedly entering a military zone outside Shijiazhuang without permission and videotaping facilities there.

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