Reported by the Japan Times. Retepu is one of a few thousand or so Uyghurs who live in Japan, and is a Japanese citizen. He spoke at a symposium along with nine other Uyghurs. Retepu "told the audience he has lost contact with 12 family members since July 2017, when they vanished and ended up in what China calls 'free vocational centers' designed to 'save' Muslim minorities from the lure of religious extremism." Nine of the ten symposium speakers talked about their families being detained. Another speaker, who is not named, notes that their relative was released with serious medical issues.