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U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins will be released this week from a jail near Tokyo, six days earlier than planned, a media report said Thursday.

Jenkins, who was convicted of desertion to North Korea and aiding the enemy in a Nov. 3 court-martial and sentenced to 30 days' imprisonment, will be released at a U.S. naval base in Yokosuka on Saturday, Kyodo News agency reported, citing unnamed sources.

Jenkins deserted his Army unit along the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in January 1965. After defecting to the North, he met and married a Japanese woman, Hitomi Soga, who had been kidnapped by North Korean agents.

The couple later had two daughters.

The Japanese government later arranged for Soga's return. It then arranged for Soga's husband and daughters to join her in Japan earlier this year, saying Jenkins needed medical attention.

Jenkins was discharged from a hospital Sept. 11 and immediately turned himself in to U.S. military authorities in Japan.

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