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MARRIAGE SCAM LATEST WAY TO GET INTO JAPAN

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Police said Thursday they were investigating a racket involving complex bogus weddings that included toasts, speeches and photographs between Japanese and Chinese as the latest form of people-smuggling into Japan.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said a Chinese and seven accomplices are in custody and face trial over forging passports used by Chinese for illegal entry into the country and organizing a series of fake marriages.A police spokesman said one of the alleged top marriage con men, Zhang Changzhan, a 44-year-old Chinese who lives in Tokyo, had been arrested in May along with seven other suspects.

Zhang allegedly escorted a man to pose for a bogus wedding in Shanghai on Jan. 31 which involved a staged wedding reception, speeches by a false bride's family, toasts and photographs.

Such staged weddings are apparently the latest ploy used by people from other Asian countries to enter Japan, which still remains the region's most prosperous country despite the worst recession since World War II. Authorities release frequent reports of increased entry by illegal immigrants.