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Japanese Mourn Death of Video Journalist in Burma


Mourners have paid their last respects to a Japanese video journalist shot dead by Burmese troops while covering a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Rangoon last month.

Hundreds of people, including many Burmese nationals, gathered at a memorial service in Tokyo Monday for Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai.

Nagai was shot when the Burmese military opened fire on protesters in Rangoon on September 27th. Video footage of the incident appears to show a soldier shooting Nagai at point-black range. Burmese officials say he was shot accidentally.

The Japanese government has expressed serious concern about the killing. It is conducting its own investigation into Nagai's death and says it could suspend aid to Burma because of the incident. Japan is Burma's largest aid donor.

Nagai worked for Japan's APF News agency.

The Burmese government says he was one of 10 people killed in the crackdown. Human rights groups say many more people are believed to have died.

Information for this story is provided by AFP, AP, and Reuters.

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