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Japan: Man 'visited N. Korea to buy bogus U.S. bills'
Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | 01/03/12

Posted on 01/03/2012 2:45:33 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Man 'visited N. Korea to buy bogus U.S. bills'

The Yomiuri Shimbun

An 80-year-old Sapporo man released by North Korea after his arrest last year said he went there with two other Japanese men to obtain counterfeit U.S. currency, according to Hokkaido police.

The two other men remain in custody in north Korea. The three were arrested last March for allegedly dealing in drugs.

According to the man, the three received extremely realistic-looking counterfeit U.S. bills in North korea. Police believe the bills were "supernotes" in 100 dollars denominations. The police are trying to corroborate the man's story.

The man was released in April but the other two--a company executive, 42, from Tokyo and a company employee, 32, from Chiba Prefecture--are still being held in the suburbs of Pyongyang.

According to the Hokkaido police and other sources, the three entered north Korea on March 14 with the help of a company employee at a fisheries company based in Rason, North Korea.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drug; nkorea; smuggling; supernote
Finally, mystery is solved. Back in May 4, 2011:

(LEAD) N. Korea says two Japanese detainees to face legal actions

1 posted on 01/03/2012 2:45:42 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; Steel Wolf; nuconvert; MizSterious; nw_arizona_granny; ...


2 posted on 01/03/2012 2:46:48 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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Now let me get this straight...

The Nork police arrested these gents for buying up Nork “supernotes?”

I’ll assume this was for public consumption unless otherwise indicated.

3 posted on 01/03/2012 3:11:08 PM PST by sinanju
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