(Clearwisdom.net) On July 17, Falun Gong practitioners in Japan held a press conference in Tokyo to expose the brutal persecution. Two practitioners told their firsthand accounts of being persecuted.

The press conference

Mr. Yu Jia, a former instructor at Qinghua University, was jailed in a labor camp for three years. He said that his brother and sister-in-law were sentenced to nine and eleven years, respectively. They are still imprisoned today.

Another practitioner's brother Xie Yunhuan, who is only 25 years old, has been jailed for 8 years.

A representative from the Falun Dafa Association in Japan called attention to the fact that the persecution is still going on and asked for help to end it.


Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline for mind and body. The practice involves slow, gentle movements and meditation. It is easy to learn, enjoyable to practice, and free of charge. Its principles are based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The practice began in China in 1992 and quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China and then beyond. Its beneficial effects in uplifting an individual's physical, mental, and spiritual health, not to mention its positive influence in the community and society as a whole, have been undeniable. In fact, Falun Gong is practiced by over 100 million people in 60 countries. The main works of Falun Gong are available in over 30 languages.

On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Since the start of the persecution, Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world have been constantly speaking out about the truth of Falun Gong and exposing the CCP's crimes in a tireless effort to end the persecution.