KITAKYUSHU – Police arrested five more Chinese here Friday on suspicion of smuggling themselves into Japan, as well as a Japanese and three Chinese residents on suspicion of involvement in the human-smuggling case.
On Thursday, police arrested six Chinese near a container terminal in Kitakyushu’s Moji Ward on suspicion of illegally entering Japan. Police believe they stowed away in a container on a Chinese freighter.
The Japanese suspect was identified by police as Satoshi Ogasawara, a 30-year-old unemployed man from Saitama Prefecture. Ogasawara and the three Chinese residents rented a truck to transport the 11 Chinese stowaways to an undisclosed location, police said.
The Chinese — seven women and four men — told police they are from southeastern Fujian Province and left a port in Dalian, northeastern China, around Sept. 7, police said.
The freighter arrived at the terminal around noon Thursday after stopovers at Osaka and Kobe.
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