Beijing has confirmed it is investigating a Japanese suspected of “endangering China’s national security”, following Japanese reports that he had been detained, the latest irritant in relations between the two nations.
The foreign ministry gave the confirmation in a statement quoted by China’s Global Times newspaper late Saturday (July 30), but did not specifically state that he had been detained.
The claim of endangering security is often used in cases of suspected espionage. The ministry said the Japanese embassy had been informed of the case.
There have been multiple reports in the Japanese press since mid-July about the man’s disappearance. The Nikkei Business Daily identified him as the head of an organization working to improve ties between the two nations. Read More