ABC cited Japan’s Foreign Ministry saying that a diplomat working for the Japanese Embassy was detained and questioned by Chinese authorities in Beijing for several hours on Monday, Feb. 21.
The ministry claimed, the diplomat was carrying out his legitimate work and the detention breached the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which provides the immunity of diplomats from civil and criminal jurisdiction of the host nation, this time China.
A Japanese ministry official said on condition of anonymity, citing protocol, that the diplomat, whose name and other details were not disclosed, was released later Monday. In addition, the official said that there was no sign the diplomat was physically abused while being interrogated.
Vice Japan Foreign Minister Takeo Mori on Tuesday, Feb. 23, summoned Yang Yu, charge d’affaires and China’s interim ambassador in Tokyo, demanding an apology from China and avoiding such situations in the future.
Last week, Japan’s government said since December, a Japanese citizen in his 50s had been detained in Shanghai over unspecified law violations.
According to Japan Times, in 2002, China detained a Japanese defense attache in China for 13 hours. A Japan’s foreign ministry official noted that this detention had not happened in China recently.