BI nabs Japanese woman wanted for theft in Tokyo

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the arrest of a Japanese national wanted by authorities in Tokyo, for involvement in theft and financial fraud.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco identified the captured foreign fugitive as 26-year-old Risa Yamada, who was arrested on January 9 along Roxas Blvd. in Pasay City by operatives from the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU).


Tansingco said he issued a mission order for Yamada’s arrest at the request of Japanese authorities in Manila which sought her deportation to Japan, so she could stand trial for her alleged crimes.

“She will be deported after our Board of Commissioners issues the order for her summary deportation. She will then be deported and perpetually banned from re-entering the country for being an undesirable alien,” the BI Chief said.

According to BI-FSU Chief Rendel Sy, Yamada is subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Tokyo Summary Court on September 15, 2022, where she was indicted for the crime of theft.


Reports state that Yamada conspired with other suspects in stealing the data from ATM cards of their victims, whom they were able to defraud by posing as bank employees and police officers.

BI nabs Japanese woman wanted for theft in Tokyo

It was gathered that Yamada is already an undocumented individual when she was arrested, as her passport was already cancelled by the Japanese government.

She now remains at the BI Warden Facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings.


Meanwhile, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco said on Wednesday, that all agencies involved in airport operations must work together to resolve airport lines.

Tansingco made the statement after receiving reports of long lines at the immigration area, following the post-new year glitch at the country’s airports.  “All counters were manned, but the lines remained long,” said Tansingco.  “While passengers were processed expeditiously, more can be done to improve this,” he added.

Tansingco shared that the BI supports the decongestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and opening of new airports.

“As we open our borders, we should innovate in anticipation of the rebound of international tourism,” said Tansingco.

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