China Arranges for Japanese Officials to Visit Detained Japanese Citizen -China Foreign Ministry

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From left, The Japanese national flag, The Chinese national flag

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has arranged for Japanese embassy officials to visit a detained citizen, China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Tarumi on Tuesday met for the first time with a senior Astellas Pharma employee who was arrested last month on suspicion of espionage, Kyodo News reported citing a Japanese government official.

China arrested a Japanese businessman in March on suspicion of espionage. Japan has since called on China to release its citizen to prevent the issue from affecting relations.