Liu Xia. (Kyodo)

Liu Xia, the widow of the late Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, plans to come to Japan for an extended stay soon from Germany, where she currently resides, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Liu Xiaobo, an outspoken critic of China’s Communist Party and a democracy advocate, died aged 61 from cancer in 2017. Liu Xia has been living in Germany since 2018.