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Myanmar Military Jails Japanese Filmmaker Over Protest Coverage

  • Japanese envoy confirms concurrent jail term for Toru Kubota
  • Court convicts him of two charges, another verdict pending
People hold placards featuring Toru Kubota during a rally in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Tokyo, on July 31.
People hold placards featuring Toru Kubota during a rally in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Tokyo, on July 31.Photographer: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar’s military government has sentenced a Japanese filmmaker to seven years in prison for encouraging dissent against the regime and violating a telecommunications law. 

It remains unclear if Toru Kubota, 26, will serve the full prison term, or be deported by the junta to maintain relations with the Japanese government. Initial media reports quoting diplomatic sources said he had been handed a 10-year sentence.