Japanese freelance journalist Hiroki Kitazumi (45), who had been detained by security authorities in Myanmar, where the army had a coup d’etat, was released for the first time in 26 days on the 14th. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi revealed that Mr. Kitozumi will return to Japan by the end of the 14th. Said at the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.
Around 9 am local time (11:30 am Japan time), a car carrying Mr. Kitozumi arrived at the airport terminal in Yangon, the largest city. Mr. Kitazumi bowed lightly from inside the car to the gathered press.
Mr. Kitazumi, who lives in Myanmar, covered a protest demonstration against a coup d’etat and disseminated information on SNS (exchange site). He was arrested at his home in Yangon on April 18. He was subsequently charged with spreading “false news”.
Myanmar Army Television reported on May 13 that Mr. Hokukaku would be released.
Mr. Kitazumi is a former Nihon Keizai Shimbun reporter. After working as the editor-in-chief of a local Japanese information magazine, he was active as a freelancer.