A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed on Friday that a Japanese citizen was under investigation for harming Chinese national security.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the confirmation at a daily press briefing.
According to Kyodo News, a Japanese man in his 60s was detained by Chinese authorities in Liaoning Province in May.
"In accordance with the law, the relevant Chinese department investigated a Japanese citizen in May on suspicion of harming China's national security," Hua told reporters.
China has notified the relevant Japanese consulate in China in accordance with the China-Japan Consular Agreement, she said.