Japan denies entry to German globalization protester
(dpa) - Japanese immigration authorities have denied entry to a German globalization protester ahead of Japan's hosting of the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) leading economies in July.
Authorities turned away Martin Kraemer, 37, when he arrived Monday at Otaru on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido aboard a freighter sailing from the Russian island of Sachalin, Japanese media reported Friday, citing friends of Kraemer.
The reason he was barred from entering Japan was that he gave tourism as the reason for his trip but was carrying little money and had no return ticket, the reports said.
The German embassy in Tokyo refused to comment on the case.
Supporters of Kraemer, who was active in protests at last year's G8 summit in Germany, told Japanese media that he had planned to take part in a demonstration against the G8 summit Saturday in Sapporo, Hokkaido's capital.
The G8 summit - which will bring together the heads of state and government of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States - is scheduled for July 7-9 at Toyako, a Hokkaido mountain resort.
Kraemer on Thursday lodged an appeal with immigration authorities and is waiting aboard the ship he travelled on for a reply, the Kyodo News agency reported.