There are reports that a Japanese tourist detained in North Korea for an unspeported crime has been released.
Tomoyuki Sugimoto, considered a videographer in his thirties, has arrived in China, Kyodo news agency said. citing diplomatic sources.
Reports of his arrest came in for the first time this month.
North Korea did not say why he was arrested, only that he broke the law. Japanese media said he could have filmed a military facility.
Tourists visiting North Korea are under strict surveillance at all times.
The secret land has often imprisoned tourists ̵
Among the most frequently cited prisoners was Otto Warmbier, a US American student arrested for stealing a hotel badge.
He was also released on humanitarian grounds, but returned home from a serious illness and died a few days later.
It is believed that Sugimoto, who was in his late thirties, was being held in a tour group in Nampo on the west coast.
Nampo – or Nanpo – is known to have a naval base and a weapons factory there.
The official state news agency KCNA said it was "under the control of a relevant institution, one should inquire about its crime against the law."
But the officials had decided to arrest him "to indulgently tolerate" and to expel him "on the principle of humanity". It was not decided when he would be released, but the release of the detainees usually takes place shortly after such a statement.
Japan's chief cabinet maker Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Monday: "The government is doing everything, but due to the nature of the topic, we are foregoing details."
Japan and North Korea have no diplomatic relations.
North Korea has used Japanese air routes several times to test its missiles, which was condemned by Tokyo.
And Japan has repeatedly linked Pyongyang with having to abandon its missile and nuclear program, urging information about Japanese citizens being deported from the north.
Citizens were confiscated in the 1970s and 1980s and taken to North Korea to train staff in Japanese language and culture.  Japan has insisted that there can be no progress in sanctioning relief or aid to North Korea until the problem is resolved.