Chinese man seeking masks in Japan arrested for illegal entry

14-Feb-2020 Intellasia | JapanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Osaka prefectural police arrested this month a Chinese man, who was suspected of committing fraud in Japan but had escaped overseas, after he reentered the country at Kansai Airport, according to sources close to the investigation. In a deposition, the man stated, “Because of the coronavirus outbreak in China, masks are hard to come by, so I thought I could buy them in Japan for a friend.”

According to sources, the man was wanted on suspicion of fraud after he allegedly misled a woman in her 80s in Minato Ward, Osaka, into giving him her ATM card and withdrew about JPY 1.4 million from her account in February 2019.

The man escaped abroad, but on February 2, he was arrested after reentering the country at Kansai Airport. He had an empty suitcase with him, possibly for the purpose of purchasing and taking back large quantities of masks.


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