• Kyodo


Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is currently in Japan, it was learned Thursday from informed sources.

Thaksin entered Japan at the beginning of the week on a private visit for shopping and other personal reasons, and was planning to remain in the country several days, they said.

Pictures apparently taken by a Thai national have been posted on the Internet showing Thaskin walking in Tokyo with a woman.

Thaksin posted on Twitter recently that he felt sad about the latest military coup in Thailand.

He was ousted in a 2006 coup and fled Thailand to avoid a two-year jail term from a corruption conviction. He is the elder brother of deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was unseated by a Constitutional Court ruling earlier this month.

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