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Two more Japanese detained in China over 'espionage'

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:38AM

China has arrested two Japanese nationals over "spying," an official says, following the detention of two other Japanese individuals on similar charges earlier this year.

The official at the Chinese embassy in Tokyo, whose name was not mentioned in reports, made the announcement on Thursday.

According to Japan's Yomiuri newspaper, one of the detainees is a woman, who was arrested in the city of Shanghai in June.

In late September, Tokyo confirmed that two Japanese had been detained in China since May, adding that the country is trying to secure their release. Back then, reports did say a third Japanese had also been held but it was not officially confirmed.

Back in 2010, Chinese authorities temporarily detained four Japanese nationals on suspicion of entering a military zone and taking photos without permission.

The recent detentions come as ties between Beijing and Tokyo are at their lowest ebb over issues such as a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea and Japan's approach to its wartime crimes. China lays claims to the islands, which are currently controlled by Japan. Beijing also accuses the Japanese PM of not being apologetic enough for his country's World War II aggression.

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