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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on February 15th, 2009

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    Hi Blog. Here’s an article in the Mainichi about a new form of crime:  NJ falsifying paternity under Nationality Law revisions to try to claim Japanese citizenship.  No doubt in the current NJ Blame Game climate we’ll get the Right Wing and wary xenophobes citing this as cases of NJ and the evils they do, and that we cannot give an inch (or amend any laws in future) to make life easier for NJ to immigrate and have their rights protected (after all, they might turn around and use potential legal loopholes as a means for criminal activity).  

    But to me (and this is not to excuse their crime) this issue is a matter of forgery that only NJ can do (after all, Japanese already have citizenship), and this is what criminals (again, regardless of nationality) get up to.  People forging names for, say, fake bank accounts (and we won’t even get into white-collar crime and business fraud) happens aplenty in Japan, and not all of it makes the news.  So I say:  Whenever it happens, catch it, expose it, report it, and punish it, regardless of nationality.  But don’t say NJ are doing it because NJ (especially Chinese, according to Tokyo Gov Ishihara) are more likely to commit crime.  

    Fortunately, the Mainichi doesn’t take that tack.  It just reports the facts of the case.  Good.  

    Sorry, not a pencil-dropping comment, but it has to be said sometime somewhere by somebody.  Voila.  Debito in Sapporo

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    3 Chinese arrested over paternity scam to get child Japanese citizenship

    (Mainichi Japan) February 13, 2009, Courtesy of Jeff K.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20090213p2a00m0na012000c.html

    An unmarried Chinese couple and another Chinese woman were arrested Friday for using the name of a Japanese man in a paternity recognition document in a bid to obtain Japanese citizenship for the couple’s child and acquire permanent residency for themselves, police said.

    Wang Zong, 29, and Shen Nan, 28, both unemployed, and company worker Guo Qingqing, 34, are accused of forging private documents.

    “I thought this would let our child and us stay in Japan as a family. We wanted our daughter to be educated in Japan,” Wang was quoted as telling investigators during questioning.

    According to the revised Nationality Law that went into effect in January, children of unmarried Japanese fathers and foreign mothers can obtain Japanese citizenship if the father recognizes paternity.

    The suspects submitted a paternity recognition form to the Higashikurume Municipal Government in Tokyo in January last year for Wang and Shen’s 1-year-old daughter, which indicated the father as a 56-year-old Japanese man, investigators said.

    Guo masterminded the crime, using the name of a Japanese acquaintance who was in prison at the time and was not in on the scam, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Shen paid Guo an 800,000 yen fee.

    (Mainichi Japan) February 13, 2009

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    偽の認知届提出:中国人男女を逮捕 子供の日本国籍狙い

    毎日新聞 2009年2月13日

    http://mainichi.jp/select/jiken/news/20090213k0000e040072000c.html

     日本人男性の名を勝手に使い、うその認知届などを提出したとして、警視庁組織犯罪対策1課は13日、いずれも中国籍で無職の女、王宗(29)=東京都豊島区池袋▽無職の男、沈楠(28)=同▽会社員の女、郭清清(34)=足立区西新井本町=の3容疑者を有印私文書偽造・同行使容疑などで逮捕したと発表した。王と沈の両容疑者は恋人同士で、子供の日本国籍を取得し、永住資格を得ようとしたとみている。

     1月施行の改正国籍法では、日本人の父と外国人の母の間に生まれた子供は、未婚でも父の認知だけで日本国籍が取得できる。

     逮捕容疑は、昨年1月、王、沈両容疑者の間にできた子供について、王容疑者と日本人男性(56)の子と偽り、認知届を東京都東久留米市役所に提出したとしている。王容疑者は「親子3人で日本で生活できると思った。子供に日本で教育を受けさせたかった」と供述しているという。

     組対1課によると、偽装認知は郭容疑者が主導し、知り合いで当時服役中だった日本人男性の名前を夫として勝手に使用していた。沈容疑者は80万円の謝礼を郭容疑者に渡していた。

     男性が警視庁の聴取に「子供はいない」と話し不正が発覚。先月下旬、DNA鑑定で、生まれた女児(1)が王、沈両容疑者の子と判明した。【武内亮】

    毎日新聞 2009年2月13日 13時22分(最終更新 2月13日 19時47分)

     

    One Response to “Mainichi: 3 Chinese arrested over paternity scam to get child Japanese citizenship”

    1. Maria Says:

      Do japanese prisoners have conjugal visits? If he was in prison how did they expect to explain the conception?

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