Japan probing death of Ghanaian-Belgian man at airport

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Japanese authorities said Tuesday they were investigating the death of a 55-year-old Ghanaian man with a Belgian passport at Osaka airport, officials said.

The man, whose name was withheld, arrived at Kansai International Airport in western Japan late Sunday from Ghana via Dubai, carrying a valid Belgian passport, officials and news reports said.

"We were asking him additional questions because the purpose of his visit to Japan was unclear," an immigration officer at the airport told AFP.

"He was not cooperative and suddenly ran away from the office. As we caught him, he became limp. He was sent to a nearby hospital, and his death was confirmed there."

Police were probing the cause of death in an autopsy, the official said.

Belgian Ambassador Johan Maricou told AFP: "According to the information I received, the passport was valid but we don't know the reason for his visit to Japan and we have not managed so far to find a trace of him in Belgium."

© 2010 AFP

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