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Japan expresses grave concern over prison sentences of Hong Kong activists 

  • December 4, 2020
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato commented on a Hong Kong court’s decision on Wednesday to sentence three leading pro-democracy activists, including Agnes Chow, to imprisonment. Kato reportedly said Japan is seriously concerned that the verdict will have an impact on the freedom of speech in Hong Kong that is the basis of its democracy and stable development. The cabinet spokesman added that Hong Kong is a critical partner for Japan in terms of economic relations and people-to-people exchanges and that it is important for Hong Kong to develop democratically and stably based on the “one country, two systems” principle. 

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