Suga Extends Sympathies

Suga extends sympathies

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has extended his condolences regarding the death of Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo. He said the Nobel laureate dedicated his life to pursuing freedom and democracy.

Suga was speaking to reporters on Friday. He said the Japanese government considers freedom, respect for basic human rights and the rule of law to be universal values in the international community.

He said it is important for these values to be upheld in China as well. He said Japan will keep a close watch on the human rights situation in China.

Liu had hoped to receive medical treatment for his terminal cancer abroad, but the Chinese government did not allow him to do so.

Suga said the Japanese government had in fact conveyed its views on this issue to the Chinese side through a variety of channels. He declined to give details.