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China indicts Japanese man for allegedly spying

  • June 10, 2018
  • , The Japan Times
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Jiji — A Japanese man in his 50s who was held by Chinese authorities in March last year for his alleged involvement in spying activities was indicted this month, informed sources said Saturday.

 

The man was detained in Hainan Province, in the country’s south. He was conducting research on hot springs in China.

 

Around the same time, five other Japanese were held in Hainan or in eastern Shandong province. Four of the six were released later, and the remaining two, including the man in question, were officially arrested in September last year.

 

Details of the charges against the two Japanese are unknown. Chinese media have reported that the two, who are said to have been in possession of confidential materials, including maps, are suspected of violating China’s anti-espionage law.

 

Following the enforcement of the law in 2014, many Japanese nationals have been detained by Chinese authorities since 2015.

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