China frees Japanese academic accused of spying

China | 15 Nov 2019 6:33 pm

A Japanese academic returned home today after being released by China following several weeks
in detention, a move expected to help pave the way for a state visit by President Xi Jinping to Japan next year, Reuters reports.
The professor at Hokkaido University, who is in his forties but was not identified, is in good health, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.
The professor was detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of violating an unspecified Chinese law. Japanese media said he was believed to have been accused of espionage.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang confirmed in Beijing that the academic had been sent back home. He said he had been "educated and admonished" for being found with documents containing Chinese state secrets in his hotel room.
Geng did not elaborate on the nature of the state secrets.


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