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The Japanese government reains strongly concerned about the situation in Hong Kong, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regular news conference Wednesday as riot police in the city fired pepper pellets to disperse protesters in the heart of the global financial center.

After new national security laws proposed by Beijing revived anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong, Suga had said on Monday that Tokyo hoped Beijing would make a “wise response” to the protests.

“It’s important (for Hong Kong) to maintain its existing free and open system under the ‘one country, two systems’ framework and to develop in a democratic and stable manner,” Suga said Monday.

“We hope for a wise response by the Chinese side,” he added

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