News/Japan: Japanese in fake visa scam deported

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Subject: News/Japan: Japanese in fake visa scam deported
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Aug 31 1999 - 11:59:21 EDT


Japanese in fake visa scam deported

MANILA, Aug. 26 (Kyodo) - Philippine immigration authorities on Thursday
deported a Japanese national wanted in Japan for links to a syndicate that
processes fake marriage visas for Filipino women traveling to Japan.

Officials said Shigeomi Naoe, 53, from Tokyo, boarded a Northwest Airlines
flight bound for Tokyo from Manila's international airport.

Naoe, arrested Tuesday, was deported for not possessing proper travel
documents.

Japanese authorities canceled his passport following the issuance of an
arrest warrant June 25 this year by a court in Nagoya for violating Japan's
immigration laws.

Joel Butuyan, Naoe's lawyer, said in a telephone interview his client's
travel documents were in order and that he is already a permanent resident
of the Philippines.

Philippine police officials said Naoe acted as a go-between in Manila for
the Japanese and Filipino members of the syndicate.

Melanie Orhant
morhant@igc.org
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