(Yomiuri: October 29, 2015 – p. 2)
At a regular news conference on Oct. 28, He Zhenliang, press officer at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, disclosed that the Chinese authorities are holding four Japanese on suspicion of spying. In addition to the two Japanese nationals whose arrest the Chinese government had already announced, this was the first time that China has officially admitted the detention of two other Japanese.
The press officer disclosed at the news conference that a Japanese woman was put under “criminal detention” recently, while a Japanese man has been under “house arrest” since late June. Both are being held before formal arrest. “House arrest” means being detained in a hotel room or some other location. He did not go into the cause of detention and other details of the two cases.
According to informed sources, the woman is Chinese and a naturalized Japanese citizen who works for a Japanese language school in Tokyo. She was arrested in Shanghai in June. The man was involved with assisting defectors from North Korea. He was probably arrested in Beijing for illegal opening of bank accounts.
The two other detainees the Chinese government acknowledged in September were a man from Kanagawa Prefecture who had previously fled from North Korea and was detained on a visit near the China-DPRK border area and a man from Aichi Prefecture found taking an unusual number of photos near a military facility in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province.
In this connection, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated at his news conference on Oct. 28: “We have not received a detailed report.” The Japanese government intends to demand that China release these four Japanese citizens as soon as possible.