Japanese Officer Caught in Fake Marriage with Chinese Spy Suspect

A Japanese news network recently reported that a 53-year-old Self Defense Forces officer stationed at Kyoto has been arrested because of his fake marriage with a Chinese barmaid. (The U.S. Army/Flickr)
A Japanese news network recently reported that a 53-year-old Self Defense Forces officer stationed at Kyoto has been arrested because of his fake marriage with a Chinese barmaid. (The U.S. Army/Flickr)

A Japanese news network recently reported that a 53-year-old Self Defense Forces officer stationed at Kyoto has been arrested because of his fake marriage with a Chinese barmaid. The officer who was arrested frequented a bar owned by an elderly Chinese lady.

One of the waitresses working in the bar wanted to secure a “spouse visa” through marriage with a Japanese man. The officer faked a marriage with the 32-year-old waitress. The couple had not been living together and the marriage was on paper only. The couple was arrested in June on charges of “misrepresentation and misuse of notarized certificates.”

The status of the couple is sensitive. One of them is an official in the army and the other is of Chinese nationality. The Kyoto Prefectural Police suspected there may be military intelligence work involved in the case, although the investigation revealed no evidence of leakage of military intelligence.

However, Japanese police still harbor suspicions that these Chinese waitresses are corporate spies trying to collect information from Japanese IT companies.

Back in April this year, it was reported that Japanese soldiers were marrying Chinese wives in large numbers compared to any other nationality, raising fears of them being spies. No solid evidence has been reported that they are spies.

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