Tokyo Denounces Korea for Indicting Japanese Reporter

kpopluv, Oct. 10, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

The Japanese government and politicians have slammed Korea's decision to indict a Japanese journalist for allegedly defaming President Park Geun-hye.  Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Thursday that Korea's decision to indict Tatsuya Kato, the ex-Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun, flies in the face of international practice and "cannot happen in a democratic country."

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also expressed "strong regret and concern." Japan's Foreign Ministry summoned Kim Won-jin, a political officer at the Korean Embassy, to convey Tokyo's concern.  Japan's leading dailies have also slammed the indictment, saying it would harm Seoul-Tokyo relations and violates press freedom. 

The Yomiuri Shimbun on its front page lambasted Park, the daughter of authoritarian president Park Chung-hee, for refusing to allow media criticism, and prosecutors of acting on the government's orders.

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