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Suga says Japan’s response on Hong Kong well-received by U.S., Europe

  • June 8, 2020
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NHK reported that with regard to Japan’s decision not to join the U.S., UK, Australia, and Canada in issuing a joint statement condemning China’s move to impose a national security law on Hong Kong, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told the press this morning that Japan’s response, including swiftly expressing “deep regret” over the matter, has been well-received by relevant nations. In response to a question from a group of journalists about whether the media reports that the GOJ rejected an offer to join the U.S. and other nations in issuing a joint statement are true, Suga reportedly said: “Japan swiftly expressed ‘deep regret’ ahead of other relevant nations.” He reportedly added that Japan had conveyed its position to the Chinese side at the senior level and sent a clear message to the international community. “The United States, the UK, and other relevant nations value Japan’s response with regard to Hong Kong,” he continued, “and it’s not true that some have voiced dismay.” He reportedly further added: “We think it’s important to work closely with the G7 members and other nations with whom we share basic values and views, and we will continue to convey appropriate messages.”

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