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Beijing admits holding Japan corporate employee in detention

Itochu worker was arrested a year ago for undisclosed reasons

Reports surfaced during the week that the man was arrested in Guangzhou and is being held by a counterintelligence agency.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's Foreign Ministry acknowledged Friday that an employee of Japanese trading house Itochu is being held in detention, following news reports Thursday on the matter.

"China has taken measures in accordance to law on the Japanese citizen suspected of violating Chinese laws," spokesman Geng Shuang said during his regular press conference, when asked by a journalist. He did not specify the nature of the suspicion, nor disclose which agency is holding the person, who was arrested in February 2018.

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