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Hong Kong crackdown unnerves Japanese companies

Impact of exodus kicks in as worry over national security law resurges

Five union activists were arrested by Hong Kong police on July 22 over the publication of a series of children's books which the authorities described as "seditious materials."   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's expanding crackdown on media companies and other sectors appears to have reignited Japanese companies' concerns over the city's business environment about a sweeping national security law that came into force last year.

In the latest quarterly survey by the Japanese consul general, the local office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Hong Kong Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 56.5% of respondents said they are either "very worried" or "worried" about the national security law.

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