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Suspicion of Espionage: Japan targets Confucius Institutes

The Japanese Ministry of Education has announced an official investigation into the 14 Confucius Institutes in the country. The agency wants to investigate suspicions about whether the institutions are being used by the Chinese government for propaganda purposes and may be collaborating with the country’s intelligence services, the Nikkei agency reported. The host Japanese universities that house the Confucius Institutes have been asked to disclose details of the cooperation. The universities must provide information about the institutes’ involvement in research projects, the sources of their funding and the number of students participating in each.

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