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Japanese Prime Minister Meets With Peruvian President at APEC

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has met with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Busan, South Korea.

Japanese officials say Mr. Toledo told the Japanese leader that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's recent return to South America should not affect the two nations' relationship.

Mr. Fujimori, a Japanese citizen, fled to Japan five years ago in the midst of a corruption scandal. He was arrested last week in Chile. If returned to Peru, he faces charges of corruption and of authorizing death squads.

Last week, Peru recalled its ambassador to Japan after a Japanese consular official visited Mr. Fujimori in jail.

Lima says Tokyo is interfering in his extradition process, but Tokyo insists it is treating him like any other Japanese citizen.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.