The trial of Takayuki Noguchi, the Japanese
aid worker arrested by China last December, was convened at 9:00AM
Sunday, May 9, China time in Chong Zuo Intermediate People's Court.
The time seemed deliberately
chosen to minimize public attention.
Noguchi was technically given an "open trial,"
but Chinese authorities avoided announcing the trial date to the
media or to LFNKR, though this information had been repeatedly
It is extremely rare for China to hold a public
trial on a Sunday. In addition, a very small courtroom was selected,
and no other trials were scheduled for that day. The few gallery
seats in the room were reserved for Chinese authorities and the
The Japanese reporter from Yomiuri Newspaper was
told that no seats were available, and he was denied entry into
the courtroom. This constitutes a de-facto closed-door trial.
LFNKR did receive limited information from certain
Japanese media sources:
Takayuki Noguchi showed up in handcuffs, guarded
on both sides and appeared to have no difficulty walking. When
the one reporter present asked him, "Is your health alright?"
Noguchi responded by nodding, then was escorted into the courtroom
through the front door.
Only involved parties were being allowed in.
The trial ended at 4:00PM China time, and Noguchi
was escorted out the front door. All of the 13 court gallery seats
were occupied by the officially allowed "involved parties,"
which included the Consulate-General of Japan in Guangzhou, the
Guangxi Foreign Affairs Officer, Chinese police, and the judiciary.
Noguchi's trial was the only one held in Chong
Zuo Intermediate People's Court on Sunday, May 9.
No information regarding the trial has been
The Court's involved parties said that no date
has been set for the next phase of the trial.
Kenkichi Nakadaira, Board Chairman
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees