The Situation surrounding Hong Kong
(Statement by Press Secretary OHTAKA Masato)
1. Japan is seriously concerned about the decision made by China’s National People’s Congress regarding policies toward Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the midst of strong concerns expressed from the international community and the people of Hong Kong and about the situation concerned in Hong Kong.
2. Hong Kong is an extremely important partner for Japan with which Japan maintains close economic ties and people-to-people exchanges. It is the long-standing policy of Japan to attach great importance to upholding a free and open system which Hong Kong has been enjoying and the democratic and stable development of Hong Kong under the ‘One Country Two System’ framework.
3. Japan has conveyed such views to China and will continue to carefully observe developments surrounding Hong Kong. Japan will cooperate with other countries and address the situation in an appropriate manner.