Japanese man detained in Myanmar said to be journalist

A Japanese man in his 20s has been detained by security forces in Myanmar, where the military has been in power since a coup in 2021. Sources say the detained man is a journalist who was covering a demonstration.

The Japanese embassy in Myanmar said security officials in the largest city of Yangon took a Japanese national into custody on Saturday at a rally against the military. The embassy said police are questioning him.

The embassy quoted police as saying the man was filming the rally.

Multiple sources say he is believed to be journalist Kubota Toru. He is said to have entered Myanmar in mid-July to make a documentary.

In April 2021, Myanmar security forces detained Japanese journalist Kitazumi Yuki.

Kitazumi was indicted on charges including spreading false information. He was freed about one month later, after the Japanese government demanded his release.

The Japanese embassy is seeking to confirm why police are investigating the man believed to be Kubota. The embassy is also working to secure his early release through diplomatic channels.