The National Police Agency and the Justice and Labor ministries will crack down on foreigners working illegally in Japan amid the financial crisis in Asia, the three bodies’ bureau chiefs decided at a meeting March 12.

Police and officials from immigration and labor standards will join forces nationwide to handle illegal foreign workers, labor brokers and underground groups that smuggle foreigners into Japan, they said. They will also address underworld banks that help foreigners launder money or illegally remit it abroad, they said.

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