Detained Japanese Professor Returns from China

Society

Beijing, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese university professor who was detained during a trip to Beijing in September has been freed and returned to Japan on Friday.

The Hokkaido University professor, Nobu Iwatani, 42, had been taken into custody by Chinese authorities on suspicion of gathering and possessing documents related to China's state secrets in violation of the country's criminal and antiespionage laws, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

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