Japanese Journalist Deported From Burma

"(NEWS.SMH)
A Japanese journalist detained in Burma during the army-ruled country's election has been deported after conflict tore through the area where he was being held, an official and his employer said on Tuesday.

Toru Yamaji, a journalist working for the Tokyo-based video and photo agency APF News, was arrested during Sunday's poll in eastern border town Myawaddy, where a deadly clash between ethnic rebels and the army broke out the next day.

""We released him and deported him,"" said a Burmese official, declining to be named. ""We did not take any action against him because of the complicated situation."" Advertisement: Story continues below APF News confirmed the reporter was released on Tuesday and crossed the border to Thailand. ""He said there is no problem with his health. He is now heading to a nearby hotel,"" a spokesman said.

The violence in eastern Burma, which killed at least three civilians, erupted after a widely criticised election, marred by complaints of intimidation and the ongoing detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thai officials said at least 20,000 people fled across the border from Myanmar to Thailand to escape the conflict."