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Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 15:40

Two Japanese arrested for spying: China

By Agencies

Two Japanese arrested for spying: China
Men on bicycles go past the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, China, Sept 30, 2015. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING - China has arrested two Japanese nationals for spying, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China has notified Japan.

Hong told a daily news briefing that "relevant authorities" had arrested the two "in accordance with the law for engaging in espionage activities in China".

"China has already notified the Japanese side of the relevant situation," he added, without elaborating.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed that two Japanese had been in custody since May but declined to give any further details.

"Diplomats are taking all appropriate steps and providing all possible assistance," he said, declining to give any details.

Asked about reports that a third was being held, he said the government was only aware of two.

Speaking earlier in the day, Suga said: "Our country is certainly not doing such things. I would like to say that this is the same with regard to all countries."

Japan's Asahi newspaper said two men, both from the private sector, had been in custody for several months. One was taken into custody in China's northeast province of Liaoning near the border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the other in the eastern province of Zhejiang near a military facility, the paper said.

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