• Kyodo


Police arrested Wednesday two Israeli men living in Tokyo for attempting to smuggle by airmail 220 kilograms of gold bars in 2017 — the largest haul ever seized in the country.

They were also held for alleged violation of Japan’s Customs Act, for successfully smuggling by airmail an additional amount of about 200 kg of gold — worth some ¥924 million ($8.42 million) — hidden within auto parts from Hong Kong, on Nov. 3, 2017, and evading some ¥70 million in consumption tax.

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