• Kyodo


Police have decided to ask China to help in the investigation of a Chinese man allegedly involved in fabricating alien registration cards in Japan, sources said Saturday.

The man, who is in his 30s and currently lives in China’s Fujian Province, is suspected of teaching techniques for fabricating the cards. The recipient of this knowledge, also Chinese, is under arrest in Japan for allegedly masterminding a series of card forgery cases, the sources said.

The Aichi Prefectural Police will dispatch officers to China as early as next month, the sources said.

According to investigations, Liu Bing, the man under arrest, and his accomplices sold about 3,700 fake documents including alien registration cards and driver’s licenses to people from about 40 countries who are in Japan illegally, making about 100 million yen.

The forged cards were reportedly embedded with sophisticated hologram sheets that Liu allegedly smuggled from China.

The Justice Ministry introduced new alien registration cards in June, which use more sophisticated holograms, following the surge in forgeries.

The Aichi police believe that the man in Fujian forged Liu’s passport and taught him how to use the holograms and how to fabricate alien registration cards using a computer.

The man is also suspected of being connected to another group that has been involved in forgery.

Liu, 27, was among six Chinese arrested in May on suspicion of fabricating alien registration cards in three separate cases in Aichi, Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

The Fujian man’s name surfaced during the investigation into Liu’s group, but he had already been deported to China in June 2004 after he was arrested by the Tokyo police for violating the immigration law.

Liu, a resident of Meguro Ward, Tokyo, has refused to provide detailed information the man, saying he would be killed if he talked about him.

Meanwhile, the Aichi police plan to file an additional charge against Liu — who is on trial over the card forgery — of hiding 1.5 million yen from sales of the fake cards in a bank account under a different person’s name.

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