Justice Minister Okiharu Yasuoka granted a special residency permit Tuesday to a 39-year-old Chinese man and his family who arrived in Japan in 1994 and passed themselves off as the blood relatives of a Japanese “war orphan.”

The man, identified as Tao Zheng, of Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, his wife and two children were granted residency permits so they could take care of his 87-year-old foster mother, Junko Yoshihara, sources said.

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