Counterfeiter handed 12-year term

Kyodo

The Otsu District Court sentenced a 46-year-old Shiga Prefecture man to 12 years in prison Tuesday for producing 2,500 forged 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen notes and using them nationwide.

Takashi Asakura was sentenced for forging about 1,800 5,000 yen notes and some 750 10,000 yen notes, and using about 1,890 of the bills, worth about 10 million yen, since 1999.

Prosecutors had demanded a 13-year prison term.

Presiding Judge Yoshitaka Onishi said in handing down the ruling: “The defendant forged huge numbers of bills and used them nationwide. He bears serious responsibility for destroying public trust in the currency.”

According to the court, Asakura made the counterfeit bills at an apartment in Osaka from August 1999 to August 2002 by using a color printer hooked up to a personal computer to print scanned images of real bills.