A press conference was held in Tokyo regarding the July 5th Urumqi massacre.

On the evening of July 4th, a press conference was held in Tokyo to mark the 15th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre that took place on July 5th. At the conference, Ahmet Letip, chairman of the Japan Uyghur Association, spoke about the Urumqi massacre, and Yosuke Naito, a well-known Japanese author, lecturer at Seiju University, and author of the two-volume book “Modern Japan-China Relations History,” gave a report titled “After the Urumqi massacre, where is China’s Uyghur policy headed?” At the end, both men answered questions from reporters.

After the press conference, Saujan Mamat, director of the Japan Uyghur Association and Japan representative of the World Uyghur Congress, and Japanese professor Yosuke Naito, who spoke at the conference, said that the Uyghur issue is not just an issue for one region or country, but an issue for all liberal democratic nations, including Japan, and that it is an issue that will not be on the agenda unless other countries show an interest in it.

Saudjan Mamet said that a series of events to protest against China will be held in Japan to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Urumqi Genocide on July 5, and the first of these events was held today. He said, “Today, we held a seminar and press conference, the first of a series of events to be held on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Urumqi Genocide. This is Hallstone. A large number of reporters attended. The conference lasted for two hours. At the conference, Ahmetjan Letip reported on the current situation of the Uighurs. Japanese professor Yosuke Naito, who spoke at the conference, said that since 2001, the Chinese government has been carrying out terrorist acts to oppress the Uighurs under the pretext of the global war on terrorism. After all, the Uighur issue is not an issue of just one region or one country, and if liberal democratic countries, including Japan, are not interested, it is an issue that should not be on the agenda. I think it will be widely covered in the Japanese media tomorrow.”

Ahmet Retip said major Japanese media outlets also participated in today’s meeting. “Today’s press conference was attended by major Japanese TV stations, NHK, and almost all of Japan’s major newspapers,” he said.

At the meeting, Ahmet Letip said the international community is more biased than the Chinese media about the July 5 Urumqi massacre, and called on the Chinese media to listen to the voices of Uyghurs and investigate those who disappeared without a trace, were killed or imprisoned in the July 5 incident.

Ahmetcan Letip said that the Urumqi massacre and its direct cause, the forced deportation of Uighur youths to China, have once again made the issue of Uighur youths being deported to China a matter of concern to the Japanese people, and that he had published an article he wrote in a Japanese newspaper last week to arouse public opinion and demand that the government take more concrete and proactive measures.

Ahmet Retip said that to mark the 15th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre on July 5, a protest demonstration would be held in front of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and a publicity campaign would be held in front of Namba Park, Osaka’s most popular park. A street protest is planned for July 6 in Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most popular areas.

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