Top Japanese diplomat arrested in Russia for 'espionage'

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The FSB said in a statement that a Japanese diplomat was arrested in flagrante delicto while receiving confidential information for payment (Archives).

Russian security services ( FSB) announced on Monday that they had arrested the Japanese consul general based in Vladivostok, in the Far East, accused of having wanted to obtain information on cooperation between Moscow and an Asian country.

A Japanese diplomat was arrested in flagrante delicto while receiving confidential information in exchange for compensation, the FSB said in a statement quoted by Russian agencies.

Motoki Tatsunori was declared persona non grata by Moscow, which notified Tokyo through diplomatic channels, according to the same source.

According to a separate statement from Russian diplomacy, a diplomat from the Japanese embassy in Moscow was summoned on Monday to discuss the subject. Russian authorities have given Mr. Tatsunori 48 hours to leave Russia.

According to the FSB, Mr. Tatsunori wanted to arrange meetings with sources and then pay them to obtain information on cooperation between Moscow and one of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

The senior Japanese diplomat would also have sought to have confidential information on the impact of Western sanctions on the economic situation in the Russian region of Vladivostok, located just across from Japan.

In retaliation for economic sanctions taken against Moscow for its offensive in Ukraine, Russia in early May banned access to its territory to more than sixty Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Russian-Japanese relations have deteriorated since April when Japan considered, for the first time since 2003, that the Kuril Islands, in the north of the archipelago, were illegally occupied by Russia, a territorial dispute which prevents the signature of a peace treaty between the two countries since the end of World War II.

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