China frees the last of 4 detained Japanese

China on Saturday released the last of four Japanese employees of construction company Fujita Corp. who were detained Sept. 20 for allegedly entering a military zone in Hubei Province without permission and videotaping military facilities, Japanese Foreign Ministry sources said.

Sadamu Takahashi, 57, was freed in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hubei, after Chinese authorities lifted "residential surveillance" placed on him for questioning, the sources said.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency, quoting state security authorities in Shijiazhuang, said Takahashi was "released on bail."

Takahashi has left the place where he was residing under surveillance after going through legal procedures, Xinhua said.

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