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Name change law facilitates illegal entry

February 24th, 2007 . by Matt

From the Yomiuri Shinbun.

A 44-year-old South Korean woman who was deported last spring for illegally entering the country was found to have reentered Japan twice in a year by changing her name, although the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law does not permit deportees to reenter Japan for five years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The woman was issued a passport under the new name and came to Japan in August 2006, three months after she was deported, and again in January.

Because of a South Korean Supreme Court decision in November 2005 facilitating name changes, similar illegal entries into Japan by South Koreans reportedly have been increasing. Immigration authorities have strengthened their measures to halt illegal entries in the country through such ruses.

The Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau and the Osaka prefectural police said the woman, Choe Mi Gyon, was arrested in April last year, when she was working as a hostess in a bar in Kita Ward, Osaka, on suspicion of violating the immigration law as she had no passport. She was subsequently deported.

She changed her name to Choe Yoon Yong and was issued a visa to reenter Japan in July and worked for two months at the bar where she had previously worked. She returned home temporarily in October, reentered Japan in January and worked again at the same bar.

Following a tip-off, she was arrested again on Feb. 1 by the regional immigration bureau and the police. She currently is detained at an immigration facility in Osaka Prefecture.

The woman said she changed her name because she was deported.

The South Korean top court ruling says name changes are permissible as long as they are not made for criminal purposes. The number of name change cases in South Korea rose nearly 100 percent in the year after the ruling.

After the implementation of the revised immigration law in autumn this year, fingerprinting and photographic identification systems will be introduced at international airports and seaports, making it harder for illegal entries of the latest kind to be reported to be made.

The same thing is happening in Australia. I have met a Korean woman (friend of a friend) that mysteriously had a new name after having been deported for visa violations. She was also working as a hostess in Sydney. Somehow the system needs to be tightened. Retina scans offer the best way of dealing with this. People entering the country need only take a few seconds to have their retina scanned.

retina scan
A retina scan

13 Responses to “Name change law facilitates illegal entry”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    Strange how Koreans will do almost anything to get into Japan, yet all you hear about from Koreans is the horrible racism they have to endure. Actually Koreans do the same thing with the USA.

    Luckily for her, she probally won’t be burned alive like what happends to illegals in Korea.

  2. comment number 2 by: MarkA

    What’s a hoe to do? Sounds like they’re caught between a ROK and a hard place. 😕

  3. comment number 3 by: James

    You’d think they’d make a system where they would print their previous legal names in passports or something similar…

  4. comment number 4 by: Paul89

    Luckily for her, she probally won’t be burned alive like what happends to illegals in Korea.

    did you read the article? it was one of the illegals who ignited the fire.

    you probably got rejected by a korean girl, or your girlfriend left for a korean man which explains your hate. LOL

  5. comment number 5 by: wiesunja

    What’s a hoe to do? Sounds like they’re caught between a ROK and a hard place.

    Well, we all know that Korea enjoys first place standing in the world as the number one ranking country in terms of exporting its whores overseas. At least other nations keep the prostitution of their own women within their own borders. Seems like Koreans really have no dignity or care about selling their ass to lowly foreigners as long as it gives them cash in their greedy hands.

    And then they have the nerve to talk about Japanese people having low sexual mores. The hypocrisy is astounding. I guess as long as it is done for money, Koreans see whoring themselves as noble and good. However, a sex shop in downtown? Nooo..that’s evil! Why can’t you Japanese be so noble and morally upright like us Koreans by whoring yourselves in massage parlors across N. America and Europe? Gosh…

    Strange how Koreans will do almost anything to get into Japan, yet all you hear about from Koreans is the horrible racism they have to endure. Actually Koreans do the same thing with the USA.

    Actions speak louder than words. 99% of what comes out of a Korean’s mouth is nothing but screams and rants about how great Korea is, how beautiful Korea is, and how bad or ugly Japan is. However, when it gets down to it, Koreans deep down inside realize that their country is a complete shithole compared to Japan or other countries to which they leave in droves. However, their cowardice and inferiority complex prevents them from admitting their true feelings to foreigners. So pathetic.

  6. comment number 6 by: beechtreem

    Retina scans? no thanks. And GarlicBreath, you extrapolate a lot from that particular incident. Making sweeping generalizations like

    Koreans will do almost anything to get into Japan

    out of the tale of a single bar hostess seeking employment, makes me think you either lack conceptual skills or are basically retarded.

  7. comment number 7 by: wiesunja

    Koreans will do almost anything to get into Japan, yet all you hear about from Koreans is the horrible racism they have to endure. Actually Koreans do the same thing with the USA.

    Its absolutely true. You ever go to the US embassy in Seoul on any given day of the week? It’s like mayhem. I have personally seen at least 5 fights break out while in line with people literally pushing each other and dying to get a place in front of others for that treasured visa stamp and ticket out of their beloved so called “superior homeland”. LOL
    Look at how anywhere in the world, you will see Koream immigrants in massive swarms.

    Contrast this to Japan where hardly any, if at all, the people are immigrants. Japanese mostly stay temporarily, usually for work purposes, and always return to their homeland as they know that there is no need to leave Japan.

    However, when Koreans leave for a foreign country, it is almost always with the intent of never coming back. Then, they die seriously trying to do anything to keep from having to go back, whether that means having to stay on illegally (as shown in this article and numerous counts) or prostituting themselves at a hostess bar or “Oriental” massage parlor in L.A or Houston.

    Personally, I would like for them to get the hell back to their own country since they do nothing but complain and say how great Korea is and how terrible America or Japan is. However, deep down inside, they know Korea is worse which is the reason why they never go back and will do anything to stay out.

    The Korean mind…fascniating study in cowardice and comedy.

  8. comment number 8 by: shadkt

    Reading the article, I guess it’s a good thing that there’s finally going to be a finger print checking at JP ports, though I personally don’t find such things appealing.
    If there were less crimes committed by foreigners, if there were less criminals returning who were deported, and most importantly (in the case of U.S.), if there were no terrorism, no country need to go to this extreme. It’s sad and crazy.

    But you know what the craziest thing is?
    Though there is a wacked-up country next door where changing of your name is almost 100% permitted (if you did the paperworks right), Japan is currently giving visa-free entry to the citizens of that said country.

    Japan needs major cleaning in politics.
    They’re so suicidal!
    I mean this isn’t just one lone example. 🙂

  9. comment number 9 by: Matt

    Retina scans? no thanks.

    What is the objection to retina scans?

  10. comment number 10 by: bad_moon_rising

    Matt said:
    What is the objection to retina scans?

    Retina scans are so old school. They take up too much time and effort. Can you imagine having to wait in line to get your retina scanned? Not me. Iris scans are the happening thing now.

    A public iris scanning device has been proposed in a patent from Samoff Labs in New Jersey. The device is able to scan the iris of the eye without the knowledge or consent of the person being scanned. The device uses multiple cameras, and then combines images to create a single scan

    See Stealthy Iris Scanner in the Works

    You can see a diagram and a clip from Minority Report demonstrating the technology at technovelgy.com.

    See Covert Iris Scanner Close To Minority Report Future

    Let’s just hope Koreans don’t start swapping their eyeballs.

  11. comment number 11 by: Matt

    bad_moon_rising, iris scans sound good too.

  12. comment number 12 by: bad_moon_rising

    Here is some more info on Iris technology:

    Iris technology: Security in the eye of the beholder

    Biometric technology needs an identifier that is universal, distinct, permanent and collectible. One of the most promising biometric technologies centers around the human iris, which has been proven to be more unique than DNA, says Daniel Munyan, principal security scientist with CSC’s Global Security Solutions. Irises are formed before birth and remain intact until 15 seconds after death. They can’t be stolen, and they are so complex that they are measured by their differences, not their similarities, as in all other forms of identification. In fact, says Munyan, every human being on earth has at least 50 percent difference between their right and left iris and their right iris and anyone else’s iris. “If there’s a 50.0001 percent difference, I know it’s a different person,” he says.

    Another advantage of iris technology is that it is relatively difficult to spoof. Because the iris and eyelid vibrate at known frequencies, and because oxygenated tissue reflects light at a specific frequency, it is possible to differentiate between a real person and a digital image, glass eye or contact lenses with irises printed on them.

    See CSC’s Global Security Solutions Focus on Integrating Technologies

  13. comment number 13 by: YoshoMasaki

    Biometrics – especially involving the eye – are certainly the future in positive ID, and I expect that most nations that have security concerns will be using them exclusively soon.

    My apartment building uses an iris scanner and it only takes about 2 seconds to ID me and open the door.