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Japan Considers Serious Measures Against Burma

Japan's chief government spokesman says Tokyo is considering taking strong measures against Burma after a Japanese journalist was killed in Rangoon.

Nobutaka Machimura did not tell reporters Monday what measures Japan is considering.

Japan has sent its deputy foreign minister Mitohi Yabunaka to Burma to question the government about the death of video journalist Kenji Nagai during a crackdown on democracy activists.

A video of the incident appears to show a Burmese soldier shooting Nagai from about a meter away. The video, filmed from a distance, shows Nagai falling to the ground while holding a video camera.

Japan's Kyodo news agency says Japan will request the return of Nagai's camera, which was missing from the belongings returned by Burmese authorities.

Nagai was one of at least 10 people killed last week when Burmese military and police fired on protesters marching for freedom and democracy.

Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura met with top ministry officials Monday to discuss the situation in Burma. He said Burma ultimately needs democracy.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.