12:26 GMT +323 October 2018
Listen Live
     China police

    China Charges Japanese Man with Spying Over Geological Survey – Reports

    © REUTERS / Petar Kujundzic
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    0 50

    TOKYO (Sputnik) - China has charged with spying a Japanese man who was arrested last year alongside five compatriots, media said citing Japan’s Foreign Ministry. The man was indicted earlier this month, the state broadcaster NHK reported, for conducting a geological survey without a permit.

    The six men were arrested on Hainan after they were invited by Chinese companies to conduct research. Four were then freed, while two remain in custody.

    The Japanese Foreign Ministry reportedly said it would demand the release of its nationals held in China, of whom eight are in custody and seven have been indicted.

    Last year, two male Japanese nationals were reportedly arrested in China also under suspicion of espionage. According to the Asahi newspaper, two men were detained separated in China's Shandong and Hainan provinces, where they also conducted a geological research on the hot springs.

    Since late 2012, over 10 Japanese nationals have been detained in China on suspicion of espionage. According to media reports, in 2015, Beijing arrested four Japanese over alleged involvement in spying activities, with one of them indicted.

    Related:

    DoJ Convicts Ex-CIA Officer on Charges Related to Spying for China
    Was China Spying on US-Australia War Games?
    Australia Spying on China, Monitoring Chinese Nationals Living Abroad - Reports
    Beijing: Underwater Drone Just Tip of The Iceberg of US Spying on China
    Tags:
    geological survey, spying, espionage, allegations, Japanese Foreign Ministry, Hainan, China, Japan
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment