Japanese lawmakers propose visa extensions for HK
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Japanese lawmakers are set to form a nonpartisan group to protect people in Hong Kong following the enactment of China's national security law for the city, local broadcaster NHK reports.
Former defense minister Nakatani Gen of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, Lower House member Yamao Shiori of the Democratic Party for the People, and others will launch the group on July 29.
The two also serve as Japanese representatives of a multinational group of politicians proposing a hardline approach toward China.
The new group seeks to protect the freedom and rights of Hong Kong citizens.
The members plan to ask the government to extend the period that people from Hong Kong can stay in Japan without visas, and ease the requirement for obtaining working visas.
They also pursue the enactment of legislation that would allow the government, or the Diet, to investigate possible cases of human rights abuses in Hong Kong. The legislation would also permit sanctions, such as freezing of assets of those involved in the abuse.
Nakatani said the members will work across party lines to help people in Hong Kong and stop human rights violations by Beijing.