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NAGASAKI (Kyodo) A Chinese man who turned himself in to Nagasaki police seeking deportation in order to escape the Fukushima nuclear crisis has been arrested for illegally staying in Japan, police officials said.

Lin Jian Ming, 48, was held for staying beyond the permitted 90-day period after apparently arriving in the country on June 8, 2000, the officials said.

Lin visited the Nagasaki Prefectural Police headquarters Saturday afternoon and asked to be repatriated, the officials said. Lin said he had fled from Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, one week before to avoid contamination from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant emergency.

An investigative source said Lin thought he would be safe from leaked radioactive materials if he traveled to Nagasaki, because Chiba Prefecture is only 200 km south of Fukushima Prefecture, where the nuclear plant was crippled by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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