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JCP chief concerns about S. Korea’s prison sentence demand for former Sankei bureau chief

  • 2015-10-26 15:00:00
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(Sankei: October 25, 2015 – p. 5)

 

 Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii expressed deep concern toward South Korean prosecutors’ demand for an 18-month prison sentence for Tatsuya Kato, former Seoul bureau chief at the Sankei Shimbun who was indicted for libel, when he met with Kim Tae-hwan, acting chairman of the South Korea-Japan parliamentary league, sources familiar with the matter said on October 24.

 

 “Verbal criticism should be responded to verbally,” said Shii. “That is what democracy should be, and the approach [that has been taken this time] is not appropriate.”

 

 Kim responded: “I understand your concerns.”

 

 Shii met with Kim on October 23 as part of his three-day tour to South Korea. He returned to Japan on the same day.

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