Detained Japanese journalist transferred to prison in Myanmar

A Japanese journalist detained in Myanmar has been transferred from a police station to a prison in the city of Yangon. Kubota Toru is expected to be put on trial.

Japanese Embassy officials in Myanmar say they confirmed his transfer on Thursday.

Kubota was detained by security forces when he was at a protest against military rule in Yangon on July 30. He faces charges that include violating the immigration law.
Security authorities claim that he entered the country with a tourist visa and filmed the rally.

The Japanese Embassy plans to call for his release through diplomatic channels.

In April 2021, Myanmar security forces detained another Japanese journalist.

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