Tokyo concerned over China`s plan to execute Japanese man
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:43
Tokyo: Japan will convey to the Chinese government Tokyo's concern over Beijing's plan to execute a Japanese man convicted of attempting to smuggle stimulant drugs from China to Japan in 2006, a top government official has said.

"The issue is a matter of justice in China," Japan's Cabinet Secretary and government spokesman Hirofumi Hirano said today.

"But when it comes to a death sentence, I understand there is certainly public sentiment (against it) and the government will express and convey its concern (to China)," he said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said today that the country notified Japan the previous day of the imminent execution of the man identified as Mitsunobu Akano.

If the convict is executed, it will be the first execution by China of a Japanese national since the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1972.

The execution may affect bilateral relations, which recently have moved in a positive direction following the detention by Chinese authorities of a Chinese man for allegedly poisoning frozen dumplings that made 10 people ill in Japan from late 2007 to early 2008.


First Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:43

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