Japanese media is showing growing interest in the pro-democracy campaign in Hong Kong, with a prominent television station in Tokyo now providing a platform to the student activist group Scholarism to air its views.
Agnes Chow, a spokesperson for Scholarism, has been invited by TV Tokyo to participate in a program and talk about the fight for universal suffrage and the frictions between China and Hong Kong.
The discussion with Chow will be aired on Sept. 22, the same day when students begin a week-long class boycott in Hong Kong in protest against Beijing’s rigid stance on political reforms.
Apart from the democracy fight, the TV program will cover issues related to the Hong Kong economy and trade and the future of the Japanese economy.
According to Apple Daily, a preview of the program suggests that Japanese people have granted Chow the status of ‘Goddess of Scholarism’.
A Japanese reporter is said to have remarked that Chow is no different from a Japanese university student as she likes Arashi, a popular Japanese idol group.
Chow has started her first year of study in Sociology at the Hong Kong Baptist University this month.
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