Comments for “Chinese Activist Sentenced to Prison for Overthrowing the Regime: His Resolve and Dreams He Was Not Allowed to Speak Out” [In Japanese]

On April 10, 2023, Asahi Shimbun introduced a comment by Dr. Maiko Ichihara, GGR researcher and professor of the Graduate School of Law at Hitotsubashi University. The professor commented on the article “Chinese Activists Sentenced to Prison for Overthrowing the Regime: Their Resolve and Dreams They Were Not Allowed to Speak Out.” This article presents the statements of human rights activists Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi, who have each been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for the alleged crime of overthrowing the state regime in China. Professor Ichihara interprets the activities of both as an endeavor to build a more advanced China. Moreover, the professor states that to understand what people desire, it is not enough just to understand governments, but it is crucial to listen to the suppressed voices. Since this article attempts to convey statements to the Japanese public, Professor Ichihara evaluated it as “a contribution to the public formation that the media should be responsible for.