Myanmar says one Japanese killed in Yangon - Kyodo

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TOKYO, Sept 27 (Reuters) The Myanmar government has told Japan's Embassy in Yangon that a Japanese national has been killed amid the biggest democracy demonstrations in 20 years, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Myanmar's Foreign Ministry told the embassy the dead man had a Japanese passport on him, public broadcaster NHK said. Diplomats were on their way to the hospital to investigate, the foreign ministry official said.

Yangon Hospital sources earlier told Reuters that a photographer believed to be Japanese had been killed.

Two Japanese reporters, meanwhile, were expelled from Yangon yesterday, an official at Japan's Kyodo news agency said.

Myanmar rarely issues working visas to journalists and Yangon's embassies around the world are known to keep blacklists of reporters who are routinely refused even tourist visas.

The two Bangkok-based reporters, Kazuya Endo of Kyodo and Koji Hirata of Japan's regional Chunichi Shimbun, were escorted to the airport by government officials before leaving the country on Wednesday, Kyodo said.

Myanmar's generals accused the foreign media on Thursday of publishing a ''skyful of lies'' about the crackdown on anti-junta protests in which Buddhist monks say five of their ranks were killed.

Troops were telling residents of the main city of Yangon to clear the streets and shots were fired on Thursday amid the biggest democracy protests in 20 years. Security forces have arrested hundreds of the monks who have led the demonstrations.

Governments across the world have called for restraint and Japan on Thursday called in the Tokyo-based Myanmar ambassador to make an official complaint.

REUTERS CS KN1735

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