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Two Japanese men held in China on spying charges: Reports

Iran Press TV

Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:43AM

Newly released reports say two Japanese men have been detained in China on charges of spying and have been held in custody for several months.

One of the detainees was arrested in May near military installations in China's eastern province of Zhejiang and the other near the frontier with North Korea at around the same time, reports in Japanese newspapers and television networks said on Wednesday.

Asked about the reports, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to make specific comments.

"We are aware of the reports but would like to refrain from commenting on specific incidents," Suga said, adding, "Our country in every case is making every effort concerning the safety of our citizens overseas."

He rejected Japan's involvement in any spying activities against China and other countries. "Our country is certainly not doing such things. I would like to say that this is the same with regard to all countries."

In 2010, Beijing arrested four employees of a Japanese construction company on charges of taking photographs of a Chinese military site in Hebei Province without permission. The four were released within a few weeks.

Tokyo and Beijing have had frosty relations following Japan's occupation of parts of China before and during World War II, but their ties have thawed since last November, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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