Jessie Pang
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The National Security Education Day opening ceremony in Hong Kong on Monday.
Apr 15, 2024
China says Hong Kong must 'tightly hold' national security line to safeguard development
Some countries have criticized Hong Kong's new national security laws as a tool for authorities to clamp down on dissent.
The Hong Kong flag and surveillance cameras outside the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong
Mar 8, 2024
Hong Kong government issues draft of new national security law
It includes sentences of up to life imprisonment for treason, 20 years for espionage and 10 years for state secrets offenses.
The new national security law will target crimes including treason, theft of state secrets, espionage, sabotage, sedition and "external interference" including from foreign governments. The Hong Kong legislature, which is dominated by pro-Beijing lawmakers, is expected to approve it.
Feb 28, 2024
Hong Kong moves toward enacting tougher security law amid concerns about freedoms
Lawyers and activists say the law criminalizes basic human rights such as freedom of expression, but Hong Kong authorities say the new law is necessary.
Business people, diplomats and academics are watching developments in Hong Kong closely, saying the prospect of new laws targeting espionage, state secrets and foreign influence could have a deep impact on the global financial hub.
Jan 30, 2024
Hong Kong leaders start push to tighten national security laws
New legislation could sharpen the 2020 regulations imposed by Beijing on the territory in response to months of pro-democracy protests.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong on June 16, 2020. Lai pleaded not guilty to "sedition" and "collusion" charges on Tuesday in a high-profile national security trial that could see him jailed for life.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Jan 2, 2024
Hong Kong tycoon Lai pleads not guilty in landmark security trial
Jimmy Lai, a leading critic of the Chinese Communist Party, faces two counts of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces.
A security personnel stops a supporter during the national security trial of media mogul Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong on Monday.
Dec 18, 2023
Security tight ahead of landmark Hong Kong trial for Jimmy Lai
Now jailed for over 1000 days, one of Hong Kong's biggest critics of China has faced Beijing's wrath since the pro-democracy protests in 2019.
The image of activist Frances Hui is displayed during a news conference to issue arrest warrants in Hong Kong on Thursday.
Dec 15, 2023
Hong Kong police expand dragnet on overseas pro-democracy activists
The move, which adds to a list of eight overseas activists deemed fugitives by authorities in July, triggered criticism from the U.S. and U.K.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2023
Scores evacuated as fire erupts in Hong Kong skyscraper
Firefighters battled the blaze at a redevelopment project in the Tsim Sha Tsui district throughout the early hours of Friday, the flames visible from the other side of Victoria Harbour.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2023
Landmark Hong Kong national security trial starts two years after arrests
The defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit subversion for participating in an unofficial primary election in 2020.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2021
Hong Kong university removes Tiananmen Square memorial from campus site
The removal of the 'Pillar of Shame' is the latest step targeting people or organizations associated with the sensitive date of June 4, 1989.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2021
Surveillance in the academy: Hong Kong's new compulsory national security courses
Last month, several thousand Hong Kong university students, some of them under the watch of a closed-circuit TV camera, were the first to take compulsory courses on the territory’s national security law.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2021
In a scarred Hong Kong, 'beautiful things are gone'
People who want a democratic future are regrouping behind an invisible front line: The memory of what happened in 2019.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2021
Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily signs off in 'painful farewell'
The closure of the popular tabloid marks the end of an era for media freedom in the Chinese-ruled city.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2021
Inside Hong Kong's Apple Daily, China's besieged liberal media icon
Thursday's early-morning raid by 500 police officers was a shock, not only to Apple Daily staffers but to journalists throughout China's freest city.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2020
Democracy darkens: Hong Kong activists reel from Chinese moves
A year after young activists, veteran democrats and others formed the boldest revolt against Beijing in decades, Hong Kong is rapidly being 'mainlandized,' democracy advocates say.
Japan Times
Jan 29, 2020
First love on the front lines: Coming of age in the Hong Kong protests
Many years from now, far from the spray of water cannons and the unmistakable smell of tear gas, they will look back on their season of protest and remember exactly how they felt.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2019
'Sing Hallelujah to the Lord': The unlikely anthem of Hong Kong protests
The Christian hymn "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong's protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on