“China arrested two Japanese on suspicion of carrying out espionage activities,” Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, told a regularly scheduled briefing.
“We have notified Japan on the relevant situation.”
Japanese media reported that the two men were held separately in May, one in the northern province of Liaoning and another in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
Both were being held on charges including violating China’s anti-espionage law, the Asahi newspaper reported.
Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga disputed claims of spying following the reports.
“I’m not going to comment on individual cases… but our country is not engaged in such (spying) activity,” he told a regular press briefing.