Japan’s top government spokesmanFeb. 9 the decision by the Foreign Ministry to the passport of a freelance photographer who had planned to travel to Syria.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government “has the extremely importantof the safety of Japanese citizens who travel or live abroad.”
The ministry stopped Yuichi Sugimoto, 58, from traveling to Syria by confiscating his passport on Feb. 7, the first time it has taken such a step. (Kyodo)
The Japan Times ST: February 20, 2015