Japanese man detained in Myanmar, government spokesman says | Conflict News

Man in his 20s reportedly detained after filming an indication on July 30.

A Japanese authorities spokesman has confirmed the detention of a Japanese man in Myanmar, with the federal government calling for his launch as quickly as attainable.

Deputy Chief Cupboard Secretary Seiji Kihara informed a information convention on Monday {that a} Japanese man in his 20s had been detained after filming an indication on July 30.

Kihara stated the Japanese embassy in Myanmar has been urgent the ruling State Administration Council for the person’s launch.

Kihara didn’t identify the detainee, however Japanese media stories recognized him as documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota.

Kubota has reported for retailers together with Al Jazeera and VICE Japan, specializing in ethnic battle and refugee points, in keeping with his private web site.

A minimum of 135 journalists have been detained in Myanmar for the reason that coup, in keeping with Reporters With out Borders.

Kubota could be the fifth overseas journalist to be detained, following US residents Nathan Maung and Danny Fenster, and Robert Bociaga of Poland and Yuki Kitazumi of Japan. All 4 had been finally expelled from the nation.

Myanmar has been embroiled in chaos since a navy coup in February 2021 deposed the democratically-elected authorities of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Violence has unfold throughout the nation since Senior Basic Min Aung Hlaing’s navy administration crushed largely peaceable protests in cities.

Japan is amongst numerous international locations which have criticised the coup and its aftermath, most just lately condemning the execution of 4 anti-coup activists final month.

Myanmar state media on Monday reported that Min Aung Hlaing had ordered a state of emergency within the nation to be prolonged by six months, citing the necessity to strengthen the “real and disciplined multi-party democratic system”.

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