Mystery, spy claims over missing Japan-based China professor
TOKYO (AFP) - Mystery surrounded the disappearance of a Tokyo-based Chinese professor on Thursday, amid reports he was being held by Beijing over spying claims.
Colleagues of Zhu Jianrong, 56, professor of international relations in Asia at Toyo Gakuen University, say they are concerned for his safety because they have heard nothing from him since mid July, when he left for his native Shanghai.
"We have no further information and his wife has lost contact with him," a university spokesman told AFP. "We are worried about him."
Mr Zhu, who makes regular appearances on Japanese TV, is under investigation by the Chinese ministry of state security, the Sankei Shimbun and Kyodo News have reported, citing unnamed Chinese sources.