Japanese fugitive, alleged Yakuza member arrested in Pasay


Bureau of Immigration agents arrested a 71-year-old Japanese fugitive and wanted in a fraud case, Monday.

Authorities also said the Japanese national was allegedly a former member of the Yakuza syndicate.


Immigration Fugitive Search Unit agents arrested and identified the suspect as Katsumi Ohno, who was arrested on Roxas Boulevard, the service road, Pasay City.

The Japanese embassy first requested Ohno’s deportation in February because of a standing warrant for his arrest.

According to Immigration, Ohno’s passport expired in November 2018, making him an undocumented alien.


Ohno was arrested on the issue of a deportation warrant signed by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. According to Immigration, Ohno has a deportation order approved by the Board of Commissioners as of June 20, 2019.

The Japanese fugitive has also been placed on the Immigration blacklist to prevent him from returning to the Philippines.

According to BI’s records, Ohno came to the country as a tourist from Hong Kong on April 10, 2011. He has been here in the Philippines since.

The foreigner was temporarily detained at the Immigration Detention Facility in Bicutan, Taguig.

Yakuza, also known as gokudō, are members of transnational organized syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan, while the Yakuza call themselves ninkyō dantai.

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