• Kyodo


A 44-year-old man arrested last week on suspicion of passing forged 10,000 yen bills may have used nearly 1,500 counterfeit bills nationwide, police said Friday.

Takeshi Asakura, who is unemployed and has no fixed address, told investigators he had produced and used a massive number of counterfeit bills since 1999 at various locations across Japan, they said.

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