Japanese plane circles over China-claimed region in S.China Sea

admin   •   June 23, 2015   •   2615

An aerial photo of Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/RITCHIE B. TONGO/POOL

An aerial photo of Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015.
REUTERS/RITCHIE B. TONGO/POOL

A Japanese military patrol plane circled over disputed parts of the South China Sea on Tuesday at the start of an exercise with the Philippine military that has irked China.

According to Japanese and Philippine officials, the Japanese P3-C Orion surveillance plane, with three Filipino guest crew members, flew at 5,000 feet (1,524 m) above the edge of Reed Bank, an energy-rich area that is claimed by both China and the Philippines. It was accompanied by a smaller Philippine patrol aircraft.

The disputed waters are close to the Spratly Islands, which the Philippines also claims, where China is building a series of man-made islands.

“We practiced search and rescue patterns, which are essential in any humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations,” Marine Colonel Jonas Lumawag said at Puerta Princesa International Airport on Palawan island, the operations base for the drill 50 miles (80 km) to the west.

“This is our first time here and also with this kind of activity with the Philippines,” Maritime Self Defense Force Commander Hiromi Hamano, head of the Japanese navy contingent, said after the P3-C returned to Palawan.

Japan’s presence in what it considers international waters may be seen by Beijing as tacit support for ownership claims made by the Philippines.

“We hope the relevant parties do not hype up or even create tensions in the region and we hope the parties concerned can do more to contribute to peace and stability in the region, rather than the opposite,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing.

Japan worries that China’s domination in a region through which much of its sea-borne trade passes would isolate it. Tokyo is also locked in a dispute with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea.

China’s official Xinhua news agency has previously condemned the two-day search and rescue exercise as Japanese “meddling”. China claims about 90 percent of the 3.5 million sq km (1.35 million sq mile) South China Sea, an area it denotes on maps with its so called nine-dash line.

The exercise by Japan and the Philippines comes as Manila conducts separate drills with the United States military that began last week.

(Writing by Tim Kelly; Additional reporting by Sui-Lee Wee in BEIJING; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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NBI arrests Japanese fugitive in Parañaque City for alleged online fraud, extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in online fraud and extortion.

According to the NBI, suspect Watanabe Yuki is the so-called “Big Boss” of the largest telecommunication fraud syndicate, whose international operations cover several countries including Japan and Philippines. The agency also said they have already verified the information.

The BI is currently in custody of Yuki. BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said Yuki’s case is still pending at the Supreme Court (SC).

“With regards to implementation of the deportation, we’d have to wait for the resolution of the local case before we can implement,” Sandoval said.  AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

BI: Japanese wanted for telecom fraud nabbed in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   March 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A Japanese national wanted by authorities in Tokyo for telecommunications fraud charges has been arrested in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Japanese, identified as 36-year old Fujita Toshiya, was arrested in Mabini, Batangas last February 7 by operatives from the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit and the local police.

Morente described Toshiya as a high-profile suspect on Japan’s wanted list and is allegedly a member of an organized syndicate that preyed on many Japanese citizens for its telecom fraud activities.

According to Japanese authorities, which sought the foreigner’s arrest and deportation, Toshiya and his cohorts operated their racket from the Philippines and defrauded their unsuspecting victims in Japan through the use of telecommunications.

Reports state that his group had a total of more than 1,300 confirmed fraud cases resulting in damages amounting to 2 billion Japanese yen.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has reportedly filed cases against Toshiya in Japan. A warrant was issued by the Tokyo Summary Court, ordering his arrest.

“He will be deported, placed on our blacklist, and banned from re-entering the Philippines for being an undesirable alien,” Morente said.

The arrested Japanese is temporarily held at the Batangas Provincial Police Office, the BI said.

Japanese national: Let’s clean up Baguio City together!

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2019

(Left) Masakazu Nose voluntarily paints an overpass in Baguio City. (Right) Masakasu inviting netizens to join him in a cleanup drive.

Masakazu Nose used to run a small takoyaki store in Baguio City.

Born in Tokushima, Japan, Masakazu is known to be a silent man in his 40’s. Some people would even describe him as gentle.

He came to the Philippines in April 2014 to learn English. One month later, he began cleaning overpasses along Magsaysay Avenue, Abanao Street, and lower Session Road.

Every morning, with a pair of tongs in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, Masakazu would go around the streets collecting trash like candy wrappers and plastic cups.

Masakazu even bought paints at his own expense to repaint walls. In a report, he said he did these things because he has time to spare.

This earned the admiration of the locals as well as the media. He was interviewed by various news outlets. Netizens still continue to share their admiration for Masakazu a few years after he first became viral.

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After staying in the Philippines for three years, Masakazu returned to Japan to manage an oil soba store near Okubo station in Tokyo.

But he has never forgotten about his life in the Philippines, which he calls his second home.

Masazaku will return on August 1-3 to clean up the city—this time, he is inviting everyone.

“Let’s clean up the city together!” his Facebook post reads.—AAC

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