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LTN: Japanese Petition for Law Similar to HK Human Rights and Democracy Act Gained Strong Support

Major Taiwanese news network Liberty Times Network (LTN) recently reported that, after U.S. President Trump put his signature on the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, the Japanese people initiated an online petition calling on the Japanese congress to pass a similar law. A Japanese organization called the Youth Democracy Promotion Agency (YDPA) led the initiative. The petition, with the aim of getting 150,000 supporters, quickly reached over 110,000 in only a short period of time. The petition so far has gained support from 62 current congressmen and seven former ones. YDPA expressed its concerns in a public statement that, although the Japanese Foreign Minister tweeted his worries about the Hong Kong situation, the Japanese government has not yet taken a public stand, let alone taken any meaningful action. Since Japan, like the United States, has special trade and investment agreements with Hong Kong as well, the petition called for a similar Japanese legislative action, following the U.S. lead.

Source: LTN, November 28, 2019