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Naoki Okamura, chief executive officer of Astellas Pharma, speaks during an interview in Tokyo on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 11, 2024
Astellas seeks green light for eye drug Izervay in Europe and Japan
The drugmaker is in discussions with Japanese regulators about whether clinical trials for local patients are needed, Chief Executive Naoki Okamura said.
The meeting between Japanese Ambassador to China Kenji Kanasugi and a Japanese employee of Astellas Pharma who has been detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of espionage lasted about 30 minutes.
Mar 26, 2024
Japan's envoy to China meets detained Astellas worker
The meeting was held in Beijing for about 30 minutes. The man had no particular health problems, according to the sources.
The new Japanese Ambassador to China, Kenji Kanasugi, speaks at a news conference in Beijing on Dec. 19 after arriving in the Chinese capital earlier in the day.
Jan 31, 2024
New Japan envoy in China meets with national detained over spying
The move followed a meeting in November between his predecessor and the man, a senior Astellas Pharma employee.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno says China has formally arrested a Japanese businessman detained earlier this year.
Oct 19, 2023
China formally arrests Japanese man detained for espionage
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference that the government confirmed the arrest of the man in his 50s earlier this month.
A security surveillance camera in Beijing
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 21, 2023
China to soon decide whether to arrest Japanese national over spying
The Chinese government recently informed Tokyo that the Astellas Pharma employee has been placed in criminal detention.
Japan Times
May 1, 2023
Astellas to buy Iveric Bio for $5.9 billion to expand eyesight treatments
The deal marks the fifth major overseas acquisition by Astellas, Japan's third biggest drugmaker by sales, since 2019.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
Japan consul meets Astellas employee held in China as industry pressure grows
The Astellas employee was detained in March with Chinese authorities saying action has been taken against him over alleged espionage, the details of which have not been disclosed.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2023
Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers to hold talks in Beijing
Yoshimasa Hayashi will be the first Japanese foreign minister to visit China since December 2019.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2023
Businessman's detention in China an unwelcome shock for Japanese firms
Some Japanese company officials in China say it is unclear what kind of activities constitute crimes there and what exactly it is they need to do to avoid unexpected detention.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2023
Japan urges China to release citizen held in Beijing
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference that the Japanese government is in contact with people related to the man, who is in his 50s.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Japanese man detained in China is employee of drugmaker Astellas
The Japanese government has been seeking the release of the man, in his 50s, as soon as possible. He may be facing spying allegations.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 3, 2017
Astellas to acquire Belgian drug-discovery firm for up to €800 million
Astellas Pharma Inc. said Monday it will acquire a full stake in Belgian clinical-stage drug-discovery firm Ogeda SA for up to €800 million ($854 million).


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals