Itochu Employee Gets 3 Yrs in Prison in China


Beijing, Nov. 26 (Jiji Press)--A male employee of Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. <8001> has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment in China, it was learned Tuesday.

According to a source familiar with Japan-China relations, a district court in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on Oct. 15 ruled the Japanese man in his 40s guilty of endangering the communist country's national security. He was also fined 150,000 Chinese yuan, or some 2.3 million yen.

The ruling was finalized as he did not appeal to a higher court, the source added.

The Itochu worker was held by Chinese national security authorities, who are chiefly hunting spies, in February last year and indicted four months later.

Since 2015, 15 Japanese nationals including him have been detained in the country on espionage and other charges. Of them, nine were indicted and sentenced to three to 15 years in prison while five were released.

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