Tokyo burglaries down 30% after arrest of 2 theft rings

The arrest of 16 Chinese people operating in two groups on suspicion of burglaries has caused a 30 percent reduction in the number of burglaries and thefts in the Tokyo metropolitan area, it has been learned.
The 16 arrested are believed to have committed about 380 burglaries in Tokyo since autumn in 2005, while the Metropolitan Police Department also found that a member of the group had formed a new group that committed about 300 thefts.
Both groups allegedly would switch off the circuit breaker of the houses they broke into to delay the discovery of the crime by ensuring the resident could not switch on a light and see that the house had been entered.
Among those arrested was Zhu Hui, 37, a student, who is believed to be the ringleader, the MPD said.

Meanwhile, the MPD held Xu Fengwei, 24, in March, over a series of thefts committed in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, in December, and found that Xu had previously belonged to Zhu's group.

Xu allegedly formed another group with other Chinese people that is thought to have committed 302 thefts and burglaries in Setagaya, Shinjuku and Nerima wards since May 2006.

According to Suginami, Ogikubo, Nogata and Kitazawa police stations covering incidents in Suginami, Nakano and Setagaya wards, where both groups had been active, the number of thefts and burglaries in the first half of 2007 decreased by 50 percent to 80 percent from the same period in the previous year after the arrests.

Milan police in Chinatown clash

By David Willey
BBC News, Rome

About 10 police officers were injured and a similar number of Chinese people received hospital treatment.
The trouble began when a Chinese woman was fined for illegally transporting goods in a private vehicle.

More than 100 Chinese shopkeepers and members of their families, many waving the national flag,
massed in the street claiming racial discrimination.

Baton charge
During the unrest, which lasted until nightfall, a car was overturned and the police carried out a baton charge.
The woman was arrested and later admitted to hospital.

The Chinese immigrant community in Italy has grown very rapidly during the past 10 years.
Normally, they keep a very low profile and cause little trouble to the authorities.

According to official statistics, there are about 114,000 Chinese currently living in Italy, but the true figure is
probably double this number because of widespread illegal immigration.

In Milan alone, the resident Chinese population has more than doubled to about 12,000 in about 10 years.
Other cities with a large Chinese community include the capital, Rome, and Prato, in Tuscany, where Chinese
workers are employed in the textile dyeing industry.

In Rome and Milan wholesale distributors of goods made in China occupy entire quarters of the two cities.
It was the noise and traffic caused by these businesses which sparked off the rioting in Milan.

Busted in Ghana

He was testifying in the case in which the owner of the vessel, Joseph Kojo Dawson, Pak Bok Sil, a Korean,
Isaac Arhin and Philip Bruce Arhin, both Ghanaians, Cui Xian Li and Luo Yin Xing, both Chinese, are alleged to have played various roles leading to the importation of 77 parcels of cocaine, each weighing 30 kilogrammes, into the country.

Agents raid resort suspected of producing shabu; four Chinese arrested

Manila (dpa) - Four Chinese nationals have been arrested in the country during a raid on
a resort allegedly turned into an illegal drug laboratory, police said Thursday.

Tourists held for gold theft

THREE Chinese tourists have been charged with stealing gold chains from the suq following a police
swoop on their hotel.
Owners of two jewellery shops in Gold City, Manama reported the robbery on July 10.
Following identification from CCTV camera footage, a police team visited their hotel and initially
arrested six Chinese men. Three were later released, Bahrain's Lower Criminal Court heard.
The three, aged 33, 41 and 40 appeared in court on Tuesday with no interpreter from the Chinese
embassy. The case was adjourned until September 10 for them to bring one.

China Tries to Teach Manners to Chinese Tourists

By Daniel Schearf
20 August 2006
The Chinese government has issued guidelines on manners for its citizens traveling at home and abroad,
saying poor behavior by Chinese tourists is damaging the country's image.

As China becomes wealthier, the number of Chinese able to travel around the country and visit other
countries has increased. There are a lot more to come, and the government says Chinese tourists need
to improve their manners.

The official China Daily newspaper has quoted the Spiritual Civilization Steering Committee,
the Communist Party Central Committee agency that watches over social behavior, as saying
the behavior of some Chinese travelers is not compatible with the nation's economic strength and
its growing international status.

So, the government has launched a campaign to educate tourists against inappropriate behavior,
such as littering, talking loudly and eating without first washing one's hands.

Lin Kang is vice manager of the China International

Lin Kang is vice manager of the China International Tourism Agency, one of China's largest. He says
Chinese tourists often litter, are inappropriately loud in places like museums, and need to close their
mouths when chewing food.

"I think the manners problem is related to education," he said. "If they did not have much schooling, they
do not show a very civilized behavior."

It has been a recurring phenomenon in Asia, as country after country has become developed. In the
1970's, it was Japanese tour groups that invited ridicule abroad with their unsophisticated ways. In the
'80's and '90's, it was newly traveling South Koreans and Taiwanese. Now, it is mainland Chinese, who
are struggling to come to grips with international norms of behavior.

And there are plenty of them. Last year, 31 million of China's 1.3 billion people traveled abroad. By 2020,
that number is expected to rise to 100 million a year.

Chinese tourists to get etiquette training
23 August 2006

14 Chinese, two Koreans arrested in Karachi

The Pakistani immigration police arrested 14 Chinese and two South Koreans on Monday
for their alleged involvement in a fake passport scam, an official said.

The Chinese ? eight women and six men ? are accused of trying to travel to Europe on forged South Korean passports,
while the Korean man and woman allegedly helped them, said Mohammed Malik, an official with the Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan’s immigration police.

Man Pleads Guilty In Plot To Import Shoulder-Fired Missiles

Apr 19, 2006
A La Puente man who ran a business importing drugs and illegal goods from China admitted Wednesday that he tried to broker a sale in the United States of shoulder-fired missiles, which can bring down airplanes.
Chao Tung Wu, 54, pleaded guilty to conspiring to import the missiles for a buyer who turned out to be an undercover agent.
When Wu was indicted last June on the missile charge, he was already in federal custody for allegedly conspiring to traffic in other illicit goods from Asia --
including methamphetamine and counterfeit $100 bills that were also part of the government's undercover sting.

A co-defendant in the trafficking case, Rosemead resident Yi Qing Chen, was also indicted on the missile charge, and is awaiting trial.
The two were the first ever charged under an anti-terrorism law enacted in December 2004 that outlaws importing aircraft-destroying missile systems into the United States.

In Wu's plea agreement, he admitted arranging for shoulder-fired missiles to be imported from China,
which the undercover agent was told would be done by routing them through a third country with the consent of bribed high-level officials in the third country.
The indictment identifies the missiles as the QW-2 shoulder-fired type used by the Chinese military since the late 1990s.
According to the indictment, Wu sent a proposal to the undercover agent in Pomona that stated the deal would be for 200 QW-2 missiles, each equipped with a "ground energy unit, firing unit (and) optical aiming device."

China link alleged in spate of thefts from ATMs

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A gangster arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department has fingered a group of Chinese as the masterminds behind a spate of thefts involving miniature cameras mounted near automated teller machines since August, it was learned Tuesday.

According to sources close to the investigation, Koji Shishido, who is linked to the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate, told the MPD on April 13 he had been approached with the idea for the cameras--which were placed at then UFJ Bank ATMs to steal data on the bank's customers--"by a Chinese man who could speak Japanese."

Shishido, who was arrested on related charges, said at least three Chinese were involved in the scam and paid out several million yen in "day wages" to those recruited to retrieve the pilfered information, the sources said.

The police believe it is possible the gathered data have already been passed to the Chinese group. The MPD also believes there might be a Chinese organization that possesses the high level of counterfeiting technology necessary for such a scheme.

So far, 17 Japanese men and women, including Shishido, 39, have been arrested in connection with the case.

During questioning, Shishido told the police: "In August, I was at a coffee house in Ueno, Tokyo, when I was approached by a Chinese man who could speak Japanese...He told me he was counterfeiting ATM cards using the cameras, and that he had a plan to use the cards to take money out of people's accounts." As for why somebody would approach him in such a manner, Shishido said, "I guess he thought I looked and dressed like a gangster."

Questioning of others arrested over the crime produced further details on the alleged masterminds, including that the man who approached Shishido was "late middle aged" and that the person acting as interpreter issued orders regarding the cameras.

Shishido was to receive 20 percent in commission whenever he withdrew money using ATM cards made from the stolen data in cooperation with the Chinese group.

Based on this deal, Shishido ordered the recruitment of people from cell phone Internet message boards to participate in the crime. New recruits, who numbered at least 20, were put up in hotels in August in Asakusa, Tokyo, and near JR Sugamo Station, where they were based during their two months of repeated identity theft.
(May. 3, 2006)

Chinese gets 9-year prison term for human trafficking

A Chinese man was condemned to spend the next nine years in prison and ordered to pay a Lm10,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in human beings and of forging the stamp on his passport.
Lin Yi, 24, was due to stand trial yesterday, but instead chose to admit all the charges brought against him.
He pleaded guilty to trafficking and conspiring to traffic in human beings, to forging his passport and to
making malicious use of the counterfeit document.

Woman stabs two children to death while driving them to kindergarten

NAGAHAMA, Shiga -- A 34-year-old Chinese woman was arrested on Friday for stabbing to death
two children while driving them to kindergarten, police said.
The victims were Wakana Taketomo, 5, and Jin Sano, 5, who both belonged to the Kamiteru Kindergarten
in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.
They were found bleeding in Nagahama shortly after 9 a.m. and taken to hospital, where doctors declared them dead.

Zheng Yongshan, a Chinese national and a mother of another kindergartner from the same city,
was arrested for murder.
Officers are questioning her over her motives. Zheng reportedly was driving the two victims and her 5-year-old
daughter to the kindergarten on Friday morning.
Officials of the hospital said that both victims suffered numerous stab wounds in the chest, stomach and back.

US, Canada bust human smuggling ring

Some of the nearly 100 migrants captured when police closed in on an alleged international human smuggling operation paid up to $40,000 for illegal passage over the Canada-U.S. border,
investigators said Wednesday.

The RCMP partnered with Canada Border Services Agency
and U.S. Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to crack the international ring after a two-year investigation.

Police allege the migrants came from China, Korea,
Albania and Eastern Europe and were tucked away in car trunks,
on rail cars, in the back of transport trucks or on small boats to be smuggled both ways across the border.

Twenty-four people were apprehended crossing from Canada into the U.S during the investigation, while another 74 were caught heading south from Canada.
Seventeen people were arrested Tuesday in Windsor, Toronto, Leamington, Ont., Detroit and New York City in connection to the ring.
Hoa Ly, 42, of Macomb, Mich., was arrested Wednesday and arraigned in Detroit.

The others are accused of human smuggling and conspiring to violate U.S. immigration laws and face up to life imprisonment if convicted.

The 16 U.S. defendants are accused of conspiring to smuggle aliens,
which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Kelly Klundt said human smuggling has been steadily climbing in the United States,
jumping from 31,261 in 2002 to more than 53,500 people in 2005. Only 103 people captured last year were nabbed at the northern border.

AsiaFinest.com busted by FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with Recording 
Industry Association of America (RIAA) has shut down AsiaFinest.com 
Copyright Infringement Lawsuits Brought Against AsiaFinest.com members. 
WASHINGTON. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), 
on behalf of the major movie and record companies, today announced 
a new wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against illegal file sharers,   
including individual website owners and their members. 
The FBI has raided the home of AsiaFinest.com's website owner Ben Li. 
His computers and files were seized, which lead to the information 
of all his members who has downloaded and posted copyrighted material 
such as music files, pictures, movies, etc. The members of AsiaFinest.com,
which includes forum members, moderators, and visitors, will be contacted 
in the coming days by the FBI and RIAA and legal action will be taken. 
Ben Li is currently out on bail after paying the $4,105 bail money. 
When asked for comment outside the police station, 
prisoner #04012005 (Ben Li)shouted an unknown phrase, "Lirpa sloof!", 
and threw up his middle finger. 

Finland in 20-Question Bid to Weed Out Bogus Koreans

The New Zealand and Australian Governments are worried

that ethnic Chinese organised crime is menacing small Pacific Island states, says Jane's Foreign Report.

Greg Urwin, secretary-general of the 16-country Pacific Forum - which begins meeting today in Papua New Guinea
  • has warned that the Pacific Islands are in danger of becoming "weak links in the global fight against transnational crime and terrorism".

Where 'A' is Not on the Menu

After concluding a three-hour inspection, Los Angeles County health officer Siu-Man Chiu sat down at a table in a closed-off banquet room to tally the letter grade for a Chinese dim sum eatery in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley.
"Some places, you don't feel like you're making a difference," Chiu said. "Some of the violations you see again and again, and they're still making good business. Even with a C, Chinese people don't care."

Chinese restaurateurs argue that their kitchens simply use too many ingredients and too many cooking techniques to comply with the all the rules of health inspectors like Chiu.
Chiu, a Hong Kong native, doesn't buy the excuses.
Chiu grew up in Hong Kong, a city with one of Asia's richest culinary traditions and where residents still buy food from
"wet markets," outdoor stalls where slabs of meat hang from hooks without refrigeration and shoppers eat cooked food from unlicensed hawkers.
"Our stomachs must be used to the germs," Chiu said.
Chiu went to Cal State Northridge to earn a master's degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. But she did not complete her thesis, opting to take a job with the Department of Health Services in 1987.
She believes the restaurant owners' attitudes toward her also changed with time.
"When I started, they thought I'd be easy on them because I'm Chinese," said Chiu, now the mother of three teenage daughters. But from the beginning, she said, she was a stickler for the county's rules.
And over the years, she has come to command the respect ? and fear ? of the Chinese restaurant owners.

The Justice Department official said most of the alleged ringleaders

had been taken into custody, including members of the Hsu family of China, who federal authorities contend in court documents organized and ran the global operation.
Officials said Monday's arrests had decapitated one of the largest Asian criminal syndicates operating in the U.S. They described the operation as a significant blow against organized crime.
Of particular concern, Secret Service officials said, was the group's apparent ability to generate counterfeit U.S. currency that could fool even the most sophisticated detection devices. A government source said the bills,
known as "super notes" because they were virtually identical to real currency, had been made in North Korea. The bills were seized before they entered the U.S. money supply, authorities said.
The group also used factories in China to churn out as many as 1 billion counterfeit cigarettes for sale in the U.S., some under the Marlboro and Newport brands.
They also engaged in levels of money laundering and drugs and weapons trafficking that far outpaced the work of traditional Asian and European organized crime groups,
top federal law enforcement officials said at a news conference at Justice Department headquarters.
Most of those arrested, including Cheng Ming "Bruce" Hsu and people identified as members of his extended family,
face federal charges of racketeering, smuggling, counterfeiting and fraud that could bring them dozens of years in federal prison if they are convicted, authorities said.

The Chinese exchange student was arrested in Japan

for using bots for virtual muggings in an online game, and selling the stolen property on eBay

A Chinese exchange student was arrested in Japan last week for using bots to run virtual stick-ups in the Lineage II:
The Chaotic Chronicle online game, stealing items from players then reselling them on eBay.

The items, which could have included Lineage II staples such as the "Earring of Wisdom" or the "Shield of Nightmare," were then fenced on e-auction sites,
claimed NCsoft, the Korean maker of Lineage II. Players of the game noted on message boards that the items had appeared on eBay.

Ugly China tourists: Why are they like that?

By Chua Kong Ho
July 31, 2005
The Straits Times

IT WAS something which Cathay Pacific had never encountered before: a planeload of passengers who refused to disembark.

The Chinese nationals, numbering about 200, were upset because their flight had been delayed. They demanded compensation and to press home their claim, refused to get off the plane.

It all happened two Fridays ago. The flight from Bangkok, CX713, was scheduled to arrive in Singapore at 3.35pm on its way to Hong Kong. But the plane was delayed in the Thai capital for about five hours because of a technical glitch.

Because of the flight delay, the passengers could not go on the day tours that they had booked in Singapore. They staged a mass sit-in inside the plane. The row was resolved only after Cathay Pacific paid each of the passengers US$50 (S$83). By the time the passengers disembarked, it was midnight.

Confirming the incident, Cathay Pacific spokesman Sally Tan said: 'It's the first time something like that has happened. We're reviewing our policies to see how we can better handle such situations if they happen again.'

Call it chutzpah or boorish behaviour, but China tourists are gaining a reputation for being loud, pushy and downright aggressive when they are aggrieved.

Just last week, 344 China tourists staged a six-hour sit-in at the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands. They were protesting against the pig drawings that staff had sketched on their room key dockets. A scuffle broke out, the police were called in and three people were arrested.

The hotel claimed the pig drawings were made to distinguish non-halal diners from halal ones. But it apologised anyway and compensated the guests with cash of between RM50 (S$22) and RM100.

Singapore retailer Kenny Koo has seen up close how formidable Chinese nationals can be when they are pressing for their 'rights'.

The branch manager at jewellery shop Forever Jewels in OG People's Park recounted an ugly incident when a group of China tourists changed their minds after buying a diamond pendant from him.

They wanted their money back but the shop does not give cash refunds. He said that the tourists shouted and kicked up a big row in the hope that he would cave in. But he stood his ground. The customers were finally appeased when he let them choose other items in exchange.

Nearly 900,000 China tourists visited Singapore last year - twice the number five years ago. China tourists are now the second largest market for the Republic after Indonesia. The increased presence inevitably means retailers like Mr Koo will have more anecdotes of bad behaviour to tell.

Hotel staff talk about having to shampoo the carpets in their rooms because China tourists spit on them. The guests also smoke in bed and burn holes in the blankets.

At the Louis Vuitton boutique in DFS Galleria Singapore, service staff would politely offer to help China customers to stop them from reaching out to touch the French trunk-maker's expensive leather handbags.

Sales staff member Serene Tan, 44, said: 'They just throw the goods back on the shelf and sometimes onto the spotlights, which damages the goods. Now we don't allow any customers to go behind the counter area.'

For tour guide Sam Ling, 44, putting up with complaints from China tourists is an everyday affair. The worst are the tourists from small towns or rural villages, he said.

'They like to show who's boss. Good luck if you get some village chief from Guangdong, because he'd expect you to kowtow to him like he was back home.'

But why single out China tourists? Surely tourists from other countries misbehave too?

While the service staff interviewed by The Sunday Times conceded this point, they pointed out that the China tourists, being 'new arrivals', stand out from the crowd.

China tourists are among the top five holiday spenders in the world and it is a matter of time before they overtake other nationalities in being the top-spending tourists in Singapore, said Mr Rolf Freitag, chief executive of Munich-based tourism consulting group IPK International.

Singapore Tourism Board figures show that in 2003, the average China visitor spent $475 while the overall average spending of visitors was $705.

He said it is a 'normal reaction' for some in the destination countries to be unhappy with the new tourists.

There were similar reactions when British, American, German, Italian and Japanese tourists first travelled abroad in large numbers.

Most of the 20 China tourists The Sunday Times spoke to said there is some validity in people's perceptions of the 'ugly' China tourist.

Ms Sun Xiaoqing, 30, a transport clerk from Yunnan, said: 'It's true, especially those from the backward areas. They are rude, loud and don't queue. Even I can't stand them sometimes.'

But Ms Yang Jian, 30, a clerk from Shanghai who is on a two-day stopover here, has an interesting take on her countrymen's behaviour. She said China tourists may come across as aggressive because they feel that they are being snubbed.

'If anything, it's the Singapore sales staff who think they're too good to serve us. It's exactly how Shanghainese sales staff would treat those from the poorer provinces upon hearing their accents.'

Singapore can ill-afford such misguided thinking, warned National Association of Travel Agents Singapore chief executive Robert Khoo. With China easing travel restrictions to 26 new European destinations last September, the Republic faces stiff competition in wooing the China tourism dollar.

Perhaps Singaporeans should look in the mirror before picking on other people, advised Associate Professor Lee Guan Kin, director of Nanyang Technological University's Centre of Chinese Language and Culture.

After all, it was not too long ago when Singaporeans abroad too were labelled 'ugly', she said.

She added: 'It really depends on what strata of society they come from. As more Chinese get richer and become more exposed to other cultures, their social habits will improve just like Singaporeans did.'


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