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Smuggling ring recruited Koreans to sneak gold into Japan

Rash of activity has connections to Hong Kong, authorities say

Gold bars on display at a Ginza precious metals dealer. The alleged smugglers claimed to be running a Tokyo-based trading business.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Smugglers allegedly pocketed about 3.2 billion yen ($28.8 million) by selling untaxed gold brought into Japan via South Korea by couriers recruited online, marking the latest in a rash of similar cases with links to East Asia, sources close to the investigation said.

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