Japan considers sanctions against Myanmar
Japan is considering diplomatic sanctions against Myanmar for the death of a Japanese journalist who was shot in the back at close range in Yangon.
Kenji Nagai, 50, who worked for Tokyo-based APF News. was one of at least nine people killed Thursday in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, when soldiers fired on pro-democracy protesters, Kyodo News reported Monday.
A senior Japanese envoy called for Myanmar's government to punish those responsible and said Japan is considering recalling its ambassador.
An autopsy confirmed video accounts of Nagai being shoved to the ground and shot in the back at pointblank range, said APF News President Toru Yamaji, who traveled to Myanmar, the former Burma, to take Nagai's body to Japan.
Nagai died holding his video camera in his right hand, Yamaji said in a statement after viewing Nagai's body. // Copyright 2007 by United Press International