Chinese diplomat leaves Japan amid espionage suspicions
Los Angeles Times -- May 30
A senior diplomat from the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo has left Japan amid an investigation into suspicions of espionage and other illegal activities for the past five years, the Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.
Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department believes that the diplomat, whose was first secretary of the embassy, was improperly approaching "key figures in Japan's political and business circles since he was given the post in charge of economic issues at the embassy" in summer 2007, the news service reported.
The Japanese-speaking diplomat worked for an intelligence unit of China's People's Liberation Army, the report said.
In mid-May, police requested through Japan's Foreign Ministry that the diplomat turn himself in for questioning. But the Chinese Embassy rejected the request and the diplomat returned to China, the news agency said.
Tokyo prosecutors plan to look into whether a man, who has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing copies of Anne Frank's diary, is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for his actions, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press )
Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times )
Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today )
The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today )