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BI nabs Japanese illegal recruiter

Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives have arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for alleged involvement in illegal recruitment and falsification of official documents.

Bureau of Immigration

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco said 50-year-old Amano Mototaka was arrested last Monday in Sta. Ana, Manila by operatives from the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU).

Tansingco bared that Amano is subject of an arrest warrant issued by a summary court in Nagoya, Japan on Sept. 30, 2022 but he eluded capture by fleeing to the Philippines.

“We issued a mission order for his arrest after we received information from Japanese authorities that he is a wanted criminal, set to stand trial in Japan for his alleged crimes,” the BI chief said in a statement Friday, Feb. 3.

BI records showed Amano was accused before the Nagoya court of falsifying false entries in original electromagnetic notarized deeds and offering them for sale.

The said offense violated Japan’s control and improvement of amusement business punishable under the country’s penal code.

Mototaka is also under investigation in Japan for arranging fake marriages of Filipino applicants so the latter can acquire long-term resident visas and eventually recruit them to work in his alleged illegally-operated entertainment bar.

The Japanese is currently detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation.