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Fujimori to Become University Professor in Japan - 2002-01-04

Peru's former president, Alberto Fujimori, is about to become a university professor in Japan. Mr. Fujimori makes a rare public appearance at the school next week, one of his first since fleeing Peru in November 2000.

News reports in Japan say former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will join Takushoku University in Tokyo as a visiting professor. He will give a 90-minute lecture at the private college next Thursday.

Peru has asked Japan to hand over Mr. Fujimori, who is on an international wanted list for murder and other charges. Japan has turned down the request, saying Mr. Fujimori has Japanese citizenship and that there is no extradition treaty with Peru.

News reports Friday say Fujimori will deliver a speech about his experience in dealing with terrorism and talk about the 1996 hostage incident at the Japanese Embassy in Lima. He will speak in Spanish, since Mr. Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants to Peru, does not speak fluent Japanese.

The university was closed Friday, and the Peruvian Embassy in Tokyo had no immediate comment. Mr. Fujimori could not be reached for comment either.

The ex-president has been out of the limelight since moving into a luxurious apartment in central Tokyo last March.

Mr. Fujimori was granted Japanese nationality one month after leaving Peru for Japan. He resigned as president while in Japan, but Peru's congress the following day rejected the resignation and dismissed him, saying he was unfit to govern.

Among other cases, Mr. Fujimori is charged in connection with mass killings by Peru's military in the early 1990's. He also faces charges of dereliction of duty, abandonment of office and embezzlement. Mr. Fujimori, in previous statements, has denied any criminal wrongdoing.