Japan says it continues to seek release of Astellas worker detained in China

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is continuing its efforts to seek the prompt release of an employee of Astellas Pharma who has been detained in China since March, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno was speaking at a press conference after Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday that Beijing was expected to decide soon on whether to formally arrest the Japanese businessman, whom it detained on suspicion of espionage.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)