|Chinese academic at Kobe University missing after home visit
A Japan-based Chinese academic has disappeared during a trip home, the university which employed him said today.
Wang Ke, a 57-year-old teacher at Kobe University's Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, left Osaka on March 1 for a 10-day work and research trip and has not returned.
Last year, Zhu Jianrong, a professor at Tokyo's Toyo Gakuen University, disappeared on a visit home. It emerged later that he had been detained by authorities on suspicion of illegal intelligence-gathering. He was eventually released and returned to Japan last month.
One day before Wang was to return, he telephoned his family, who live in Japan, to say he postponed the trip by another 10 days so he could visit his ill mother in Xian.
The academic also sent a similar e-mail to his office and cancelled his attendance at an event in Singapore on March 21.
However, when Wang's family contacted his supposedly ill mother, she shocked them by saying she was fine and had not heard anything from her son.
“His family then consulted the university and we requested the [Japanese] foreign ministry and the Chinese consulate general to look into the matter,'' said the university spokesman, Shinsuke Toyoshima.—AFP