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Jakarta Post

Six Japanese citizens deported over alleged immigration violations

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Fri, May 12, 2017   /   10:23 am
Six Japanese citizens deported over alleged immigration violations Traditional houses in Baliem Valley, Wamena, Papua, attract visitors from countries across the world. Well-preserved tribal life in Wamena lures many people to make documentary movies on the life of tribal communities in the area. (Shutterstock/-)

Six Japanese citizens have been deported to their home country via Sentani Airport, Jayapura, Papua, over alleged visa misuse, an official has said.

Jayapura Immigration Office head Yopie Watimena said the six Japanese citizens were found to have illegally taken pictures for a documentary film in Wamena. They did not have journalist visas needed to carry out such activities, he added.

“They came to Wamena to make a movie about indigenous tribes in Papua. They recorded several scenes in the Korowai and Mamuna tribal communities in the Southeast Papua remote area before they moved to Wamena and got arrested there,” said Yopie in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The six Japanese nationals are identified as Toba Takashi, Kanemmitsu Toshiya, Takezawa Yoshihiro, Konzono Ryo, Tai Kakuma and Sugai Shuichi.

“Takashi arrived in Jakarta on May 1 while the five others landed on May 2. They were arrested in Wamena on May 8,” said Yopie. They were charged of allegedly violating Article 122 (a) of Law No. 6/2011 on Immigration, he explained. (ebf)