Japanese man convicted of spying by Chinese court

By Mari Yamaguchi

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Hey just call them and tell them what you know who said "Japan doesn't spy on other countries"

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Spying in China is capital punishment. Apparently, China spared him for the sake of good relationship with neighbours.

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A few years ago, use of a GPS device by non-Chinese was cause for arrest as a foreign spy. It is still illegal by the law on the books, just the spirit of it has changed. Strictly speaking, a cartography license is required to create any sort of map in China. That license mandates some things - like the data must be hosted on servers located in China and it must use a coordinate system that is only used in China, GCJ-02. Violation of this law carries a US$30K fine, per incident. If they feel the law was sufficiently broken, criminal charges are possible.

Don't be a spy in China.

“Chinese geographic regulations demand that GPS functions must either be disabled on handheld devices or they must be made to display a similar offset.”

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You get caught, prepared to face the punishment.

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The pot calling the kettle black!

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It seems that sightseers can't easily take pictures all over the places. If police assume you are spying there, you may be arrested and detained for a long time.

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China is a law-abiding nation that protects the rights and interests of foreign citizens, she said

They actually say this stuff with a straight face. Everyone ( including them )  knows its not true, but they say it anyway. It almost seems like they are taking the micky. Doing and saying whatever they please, cause its Chinas turn to call the shots. The Asian century?

Interesting times ahead.

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China has been tightening its grip on the people since the start of the Xi presidency. Think of it, since 2012, China had passed laws that allows authorities to increase censorship, limit individual liberties and allow arrests on suspicion alone. I think Xi fears that he might experience the demise of authoritarian rulers, that is to be overthrown either by the people or by someone among his ranks. The arrest of Japanese nationals in China (notwithstanding the apparent law of requiring cartography license, anti-espionage laws, etc) is probably an offshoot of their hatred against the Japanese. Just my opinion

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“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

― Winston S. Churchill,

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How many spy satellites does japan have over China?

maybe 88? Why send to dude to almost certain death?

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Japanese spy's are like actors.

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Funny thing about China being so hard on espionage, is that literally everything China has - every piece of technology and scientific knowledge - was stolen through traditional or corporate espionage (including sending thousands of Chinese students to Western unis every year, etc). China, the land of steal everything and try to pass it as our own, has no right to get irrate about spying.

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Due process of law is not yet known in China. It looks like the Japanese government have abandoned its citizens in order to do more business with China.

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Why does everybody here seem to assume that he was in fact spying? So much trust in the Chinese justice system!

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Thanks zichi, I spent about 20 minutes googling away, but most satellites details are classified. But still, reading someone’s watch from up there is pretty impressive.

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get the wok ready he's done for

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Would loooove to know what they’re hiding there.

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"China is a law-abiding nation". What?!

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China does not usually release any detailed information regarding crimes associated with spying or espionage and therefore we cannot verify anything about this particular case. We do not even know whether the Chinese authorities have any evidence in the first place; even if they had, I don't think anyone outside of China would believe it anyway. Perhaps it is just another case of creating bargaining power over Japan.

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