Japan Quiet on Alleged Killing of Saudi Journalist

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has been taking a low-key approach to the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate-general in Turkey, as all of the countries concerned are very important partners for Tokyo.

The Japanese government hopes that the case will be resolved at an early date to prevent it from negatively affecting its economy and a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, in June next year.

"As the case is still under investigation, I would like to refrain from making comments on the issue," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Thursday.

"Japan hopes that the issue will be resolved early, in a fair and transparent manner," he said.

Tokyo has been pushing for democracy and human rights, but it has been slow to respond to the case.

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