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. Ex-Japanese official suspected of leaking submarine info to China: reports
TOKYO (AFP) Apr 03, 2005
Japanese police have raided the home of a former technical official with the Defense Agency on suspicion of stealing submarine documents for possible passage to China, reports said Sunday.

The former official allegedly took out copies of technical documents on Japanese submarines several times without permission until he retired in March 2002, the Yomiuri and other dailies said without naming sources.

Police declined to comment on the reports.

The former official, now 63, gave the copies to a long-time acquaintance who ran a food import company dealing with China, the reports said, adding police had also searched the home of the acquaintance.

"As the acquaintance was known to have travelled to China frequently, the public safety division (of police) is cautiously investigating whether the documents have been leaked to China," the Yomiuri said.

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