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A total of 43 people including Japanese and Chinese nationals have been arrested on suspicion of being members of a theft ring responsible for stealing 580 million yen in cash and valuables over the past 2 1/2 years, police said Tuesday.

Lin Moukang, 35, already convicted of theft, is suspected of leading the gang, which is divided into four groups based in the Kanto area and Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, according to the police.

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