Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that the government “would be concerned” if freedom of expression was undermined in Hong Kong following the latest disappearance of a bookseller who sold books banned on the mainland.

Last week, Lee Bo, 65, became the fifth employee of publisher Mighty Current and its Causeway Bay Bookstore to go missing in Hong Kong, causing international concern that Chinese authorities might have abducted them despite the city’s judicial independence having been guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” principle espoused by Beijing.

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