Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on November 11th, 2008
Hi Community! Here’s something I thought I should share with you today. First, please have a look at the following article:
Woman arrested for faking marriage to obtain Japanese citizenship for son
A Chinese woman suspected of faking her marriage to a Japanese man just before she gave birth so her son could obtain Japanese citizenship has been arrested, it has been learned.
Metropolitan police arrested Jiang Xinxin, 27, a resident of Tokyo’s Kita-ku, on suspicion of making a false declaration on an official document.
It is the first time a fake marriage arranged to acquire Japanese citizenship for a child has come to light. It is believed that Jiang had been trying to obtain a long-term residence qualification for herself by having her son acquire Japanese citizenship.
“I thought that if my child got Japanese citizenship, then I would be able to keep working in Japan,” police quoted the 27-year-old as saying.
Investigators said that Jiang registered her marriage to a junk dealer from Okaya, Nagano Prefecture, at Okaya City Hall in September 2006, despite having no desire to marry him.
At the time Jiang was eight months’ pregnant. She gave birth in November that year. The child was fathered by a 33-year-old Chinese man, who is now serving time over an immigration law violation. Jiang reportedly paid about 1 million yen to people including a 44-year-old Japanese female broker, who introduced her to a man who could fill the role of husband. The broker also faces charges for making false declarations on official documents.
Jiang got divorced in May 2007. The child is currently being brought up by Jiang’s family in China. If the crime allegations against Jiang are confirmed, then the boy’s family register will be amended and he will lose his Japanese citizenship.
(Mainichi Japan) October 27, 2008
I’m wondering why the name of the Chinese woman has been published but not the name of her Japanese accomplice (that is, the man she had the fake wedding with).
I first read this article in Japanese, in the paper version of the Asahi paper I get at my house. I found the same article on line:
According to the Japanese article both the Chinese woman and the Japanese man are being prosecuted. Yet, only the name of the Chinese woman has been published. Well, that’s not exactly right — the name of her Chinese husband, the real father of the child, has also been published in the Asahi article. The Japanese Asahi article says that he is being prosecuted for violation of immigration laws. His occupation is listed rather matter-of-factly as “broker for the employment of illegal immigrants.” At any rate, the name of the father is also being dragged through the mud, though he is being prosecuted for an offense that is not directly related to the subject of the article.
Finally, I thought it was interesting that the part of the Nerima police force that deals with organized crime was cited in the article. So, what kind of organized crime is this? Might not the Japanese man (who, again, is being prosecuted) have affiliations with organized crime?
The English article includes the following: “Jiang reportedly paid about 1 million yen to people including a 44-year-old Japanese female broker, who introduced her to a man who could fill the role of husband. The broker also faces charges for making false declarations on official documents.”
Hmmm. I think I see a pattern here. If a foreigner is involved, even tangentially, publish the name. If a Japanese person is involved, respect their privacy. Problematic coverage, don’t you think?