Immigration authorities ordered a Japanese fugitive, wanted for arranging fake marriages between Japanese men and Filipino women who wanted to legitimize their stay in Japan was deported back to the land of the rising sun.
Yoshifumi Fujii was arrested on Jan. 24 at the Immigration main office in Manila as he was trying to extend his expired Philippine visa, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Operatives of the BI Interpol unit arrested Fujii on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by the BI’s board of commissioners for his deportation, which was requested by the National Police Agency of Japan and Tokyo Interpol, the bureau said in a statement released to reporters.
“A team of officers from the Aichi Prefectural Police and Tokyo Interpol will arrive soon and fetch the fugitive to bring him back to Japan," BI officer-in-charge Ronaldo Ledesma said.
“He will then be blacklisted and barred from entering the Philippines," the acting Immigration commissioner said.
The Japanese Embassy earlier canceled Fujii’s passport and asked Philippine authorities to help locating the fugitive, Ledesma said.
According to the Embassy, Fujii was accused of supposedly arranging three fake marriages between Japanese males and Filipino women entertainers giving the Filipinas the right to acquire apply for spouse and residence visas in Japan.
Fujii allegedly acted as broker for such couples whose fake marriages and bogus marriage certificates were entered in the family registry of several towns in Japan.
The police in Aichi arrested some of the couples during which several documents pointing to Fujii’s involvement in the racket were seized.
However, Fujii had already fled to the Philippines a month earlier.
A summary court in Okazaki City where Fujii was charged with making “false entries in the original of notarized deeds" then issued a warrant for his arrest.