KUALA LUMPUR - Japan reportedly provided Malaysia with fingerprint data and other information on Kim Jong-nam needed for the investigation into the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The fingerprint data was obtained when the Japanese immigration officials detained Kim in 2001 at Narita International Airport when he tried to enter the country on a false passport, Kyodo news agency quoted sources as saying on Sunday.
He had told the Japanese authorities at the time that he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
Japanese authorities also offered data on Kim's physical characteristics including mugshots, the sources said.
The information is believed to have helped Malaysian investigators conclusively establish the victim's identity. Kim’s next of kin have not turned up in Malaysia to provide DNA samples for identification.
Kyodo said the disclosure marked the first time that Japan's assistance in the case has come to light in the investigation into Kim's murder at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13.
The United States and other countries are also believed to have been involved in the probe or assisted in the protection of his