Toru Kubota, a journalist detained in Myanmar, has been found guilty of sedition and other crimes by a local military court.

Journalist Toru Kubota was detained by the security authorities in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, in July this year, and was subsequently prosecuted for violating the Immigration Control Law for filming protest demonstrations after entering the country with a tourist visa.

According to officials, a military court was held in Yangon on the 5th, and Mr. Kubota was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the law on telecommunications and three years in prison for sedition.

Military tribunals are closed to the public, and lawyers cannot attend, so the details of the verdict are unknown.

The local Japanese embassy will continue to appeal to the Myanmar authorities for the early release of Mr. Kubota.

In Myanmar, the former British ambassador to Myanmar has been detained and questioned on suspicion of violating immigration laws, and an Australian man who served as economic adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi has violated the State Secrets Act. The military has tightened its grip on foreigners, such as being sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of