Ja­panese woman ‘held in China for spy­ing’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Ja­panese woman is be­ing de­tained by the Chi­nese author­i­ties on sus­pi­cion of spy­ing, Ja­panese media has re­ported.

The un­named woman from Tokyo, said to be in her 50s, worked at a lan­guage school in the Ja­panese cap­i­tal. She was ar­rested while in Shang­hai in June.

She is the fourth Ja­panese citizen to be de­tained on spy­ing charges since May, all in dif­fer­ent parts of China.

The ar­rest is likely to in­crease ten­sions be­tween the two coun­tries, BBC Asia editor Jill McGiver­ing says.

China has not com­mented on the latest re­port.

But the lead­er­ship in Bei­jing has tough­ened its stance on na­tional se­cu­rity with a new com­mis­sion and stronger laws.

Sino-Ja­panese re­la­tions are al­ready strained by re­vived war mem­o­ries and ten­sions over the South China Sea.

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