Japan's top government spokesperson has expressed hope that the situation in Hong Kong will be resolved quickly.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday that he has been closely watching the developments in Hong Kong in light of various issues, including the protection of Japanese nationals in the territory.
He said he is concerned about the clashes between demonstrators and riot police that have resulted in a large number of injuries.
Suga also referred to the Hong Kong government's announcement of the withdrawal of an extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.
He said he hopes the situation in Hong Kong will be settled soon through peaceful dialogue between the parties concerned, and that social stability will be maintained.