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Japan to express “regret” if China enacts national security legislation for Hong Kong 

Sunday’s Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ will voice “regret” if China enacts its national security legislation for Hong Kong this week, saying that “regret” is the second strongest term following “condemnation” that Japan uses to express an opinion to a foreign government. The daily said that as the term “regret” has previously been used primarily when issues involved were directly related to Japan’s national interests, such as the Senkaku dispute, the use of the term this time would be unusual since the national security legislation is a matter concerning a foreign country. It added that “regret” is stronger in meaning than the phrases “deep concern,” “deep apprehension,” and “grave concern” that Japan and the G7 have used up until now in criticizing the Chinese move.  

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