ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Japan robbery ring hid behind messaging apps, disposable crooks

Attention turns to identifying mastermind as suspects arrive from Philippines

Police investigate the scene of a robbery-homicide in metropolitan Tokyo Jan. 23.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A monthslong string of violent robberies across Japan has led investigators to the Philippines from the dark world of online criminal recruitment, a blind spot for law enforcement.

The Philippines on Tuesday deported two of four Japanese men suspected of remotely running the robberies, one of which resulted in the death of a 90-year-old woman. The pair were detained upon arriving in Japan, and the other two are expected to be deported soon.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more