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China detains 2 Japanese men on espionage charges

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"Both were being held on a string of charges including violating China’s anti-espionage law..."

Shouldn't that read "a string of TRUMPED UP charges"? ;-)

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Cold War redux, maybe Great Game, Northeast Asia style

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Still and despite whatever, Suga's comment makes me laugh:

"“I’m not going to comment on individual cases… but our country is not engaged in such (spying) activity,”

Sure, Japan is a peace-loving nation (I mean the general population!!) and would never do something like this!

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Shouldn't that read "a string of TRUMPED UP charges"?

Not if they're guilty. Suga would really try to have us believe Japan doesn't spy?

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Suga's words are for domestic consumption. I can well believe that the people do not believe that Japan spies.

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The Empirial Army's intelligence network in China during WWII was the best in the world, every ship coming into evyer port in China and what they contained, we knew!!!

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"I’m not going to comment on individual cases… but our country is not engaged in such (spying) activity,”

Yeah, right. And the US also said they never spy on allies. Sorry, but everyone does it (or tries) to everyone else, with limited degrees of success. That's not to say in this case that is what they were doing, as with the previous case when China detained the four Japanese it was extremely dodgy given the information provided to the public, but still, to say you never spy is a lie.

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There are several do's and don'ts in country like China. the Chinese over there are a step ahead in all kinds of drama.

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denials from Tokyo that it spies on foreign countries.

Anybody here believe that?

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The U.S. has apparently pulled all of its spies from China (or is now in the process of doing so), after data that could pinpoint America's spies was hacked.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/30/technology/china-opm-hack-us-spies/

It may be a coincidence that these two alleged Japanese spies have been arrested at the same time, but it makes me wonder if China also got a hold of information leading them to names of Japanese spies as well.

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To claim they are just spies (this is with what information, or lack of it, is available) is rather far-fetched.

More like they've caught two nihonjin that were doing some dumb stuff, ie possibly breaking local laws.

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More absolute rubbish from China

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denials from Tokyo that it spies on foreign countries.

Like there were no spies in Oahu in 1941?

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Instead of having a go at the J-government's no-brainer comments on its official stance on foreign espionage, I'd like to ask whether those charges against the detained suspects are substantiated.

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Spy = lie

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While these two may not have been spies I really cannot believe that Japan does not spy on other countries.

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Wouldn't be surprised if Japan watched a few spy movies and thinks now they are James Bond.

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“I’m not going to comment on individual cases… but our country is not engaged in such (spying) activity,”

Uhm, is he implying that there could be spies, but just independent ones? His statement sounds fishy already.

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Shouldn't that read "a string of TRUMPED UP charges"?

I would personally be embarrassed to be so hopelessly biased. I mean bias to that degree says a great deal about a person, and really, none of it is complementary.

I'd like to ask whether those charges against the detained suspects are substantiated.

That is a sensible comment and question. Yes, indeed, it is quite possible Japan has spies in China. But I cannot go down to the local library and verify that either way, now can I?

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@Peace Out

Shouldn't that read "a string of TRUMPED UP charges"?

I would personally be embarrassed to be so hopelessly biased. I mean bias to that degree says a great deal about a person, and really, none of it is complementary.

Wow! And who says Americans don't do irony!! :-D

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LoL, they were doomed to caught. Far gone are the stealthy ninja. Today, Japan is the Mr. Bean in the espionage business.

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gogogoSep. 30, 2015 - 09:59PM JST Wouldn't be surprised if Japan watched a few spy movies and thinks now they are James Bond.

"You only live twice" took place in Japan. And that was 1964, Were you born then?

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Perhaps the two men were working for CIA, China has obtained useful informations from Office of Personal Managent OPMof the US govt, after filtering and found out the two after long time tracing. The Chinese govt wont spend time over people who were unrelated and unnecessary for investigation. Openly arrest and accusation of espionage charges isvery rare and only very concrete evidence is discovered

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For every Japanese Spy in China their probably is ten times more Chinese Spy cells in Japan... China has the largest espionage network in the world and they are talking about anti-espionage???

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Typical. They always do this when relations are strained with another country. Probably trumped up charges.

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China arrests whoever they want whenever they need political leverage over another nation who is more advanced than them. Memo to the blind Leftist media, this sop of your side, nothing new.

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