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Kyodo news summary -8-.

TOKYO, Dec. 4 Kyodo

---------- Former Japanese soldier who served in China regrets atrocities

HONG KONG - A former Japanese Imperial Army soldier said Monday he regrets atrocities committed by his compatriots during World War II and will continue to spread antiwar messages to Japanese people to prevent a repetition of past mistakes.

Kiyoshi Sakakura, 87, who served in the army's 59th Division, made the remarks in an address to over 100 students and members of the public at a forum held at Hong Kong University to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's invasion of China.

---------- World's largest-known Asian elephant goes missing

KATHMANDU - The world's largest known Asian elephant, Raja Gaj, has gone missing from its habitat in southwestern Nepal, officials said Monday.

Raja Gaj, the center of tourist attraction in the 968 square-kilometer Royal Bardia National Park, has not been spotted in the park or its vicinity for the past year, said the park's chief conservation officer Phanindra Kharel.

---------- Moriya admits to playing golf for free, contrary to Diet testimony

TOKYO - Arrested former Vice Defense Minister Takemasa Moriya has told prosecutors that he played golf free of charge with a defense firm executive over the past several years, contrary to earlier Diet testimony that he had paid 10,000 yen each time, sources familiar with the case said Monday.

Motonobu Miyazaki, a former executive of defense equipment trader Yamada Corp. who is also in custody on bribery and other charges, has also made a similar statement, the sources said.

---------- 6 Indonesian militants imprisoned for attacking Christians

JAKARTA - Indonesian judges on Monday sentenced six Muslim militants to up to 19 years in jail for their roles in attacks against Christians in central Sulawesi Island, which has long been the scene of communal fighting.

Syaiful Anam, 26, and Amril Niode, 20, were sentenced by the South Jakarta District Court to 18 years and 15 years, respectively, for their involvement in the May 2005 market bombing in the mainly Christian town of Tentena, in Central Sulawesi Province, that killed 22 people.
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