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The government should maintain its policy of confiscating passports of Japanese nationals seeking to enter a foreign country or area controlled by extremists if it would put their life at risk, according to a new Foreign Ministry report.

In light of the hostage crisis earlier this year in which two Japanese were killed by the Islamic State militant group, a team of ministry officials headed by Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Kazuyuki Nakane compiled a set of safety measures for Japanese nationals living overseas or traveling abroad.

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