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Five Filipino transsexuals and transvestites have been arrested and deported for allegedly engaging in activities not within their dancer-singer visa categories, and four Japanese are being held on suspicion of involvement in illegal employment, police said Tuesday.

Hokkaido Prefectural Police arrested and deported Ludwig Mark Reyes, 29; Joey Gabuco, 29; Francis Duran, 29; Bienvenido Jr. Valerio, 36; and John Magudaluyo, 31; for suspected violation of the immigration law. The five entered Japan with visas to work as dancers and singers.

The four Japanese are Koichi Shirato, 44, and Hideaki Okino, 43, both operators of an adult-entertainment shop; Hitoshi Kaneko, 43, manager of the shop; and Ryuichi Makita, 43, operator of a Sapporo-based entertainment agency.

The Japanese are suspected of employing the Filipinos between early September and mid-October to work as hostesses in a club in Obihiro, Hokkaido, that features services by Filipino men who dress as females or are transsexual.

The Filipinos were hired by Makita, police said.

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