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Abe offers refuge to Hong Kong finance workers

Tokyo turns to talent seeking escape from China's national security law

Hong Kong's financial district: China's crackdown in the city casts a shadow over its identity as an international business hub.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday suggested that the country would seek to take in Hong Kong residents employed in the financial sector and other specialized fields as China moves to impose national security legislation on the city.

"We have been welcoming foreign talent with specialized and technical abilities, including from Hong Kong, and will continue to actively do so," Abe said in an upper house parliamentary budget meeting. He was responding to a question from a fellow member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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