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The government’s top spokesman on Thursday accused South Korea of creating a “grave humanitarian issue” by extending its travel ban on a Sankei Shimbun reporter indicted for defaming President Park Gyeun-hye.

Tatsuya Kato has been “banned from leaving the country and his movement has been restricted. And now we are seeing (the ban) extended by three months, which is a grave humanitarian issue,” Suga said.

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