Japanese man detained in North Korea thought to be videographer from Shiga Prefecture

Kyodo

A Japanese man recently detained in North Korea is thought to be a 39-year-old videographer from Shiga Prefecture, a Japanese government source said Sunday.

The man may have been suspected of shooting video footage of a military facility when he visited the western port city of Nampo with a tour group, the source said.

The man was visiting the country on a tour arranged by a foreign travel agency, the source said, adding there is unconfirmed information about him having visited North Korea in the past. He was scheduled to depart the country Monday.

Tokyo is continuing efforts to collect more information about the incident and has contacted Pyongyang through a communication channel at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing in an effort to secure the man’s release.