Jiji Press FUKUOKA (Jiji Press) — Police arrested four South Korean men on Friday for allegedly attempting to leave Japan at Fukuoka Airport carrying ¥735 million of undeclared cash, in violation of the customs law.
The arrests came the day after a 29-year-old company employee was robbed of a suitcase containing ¥380 million in cash shortly after withdrawing the money from a bank branch in Fukuoka. The four suspects have denied involvement in the robbery, suggesting that they were asked by an acquaintance to keep the ¥735 million, police sources said.
The Fukuoka prefectural police department is carefully investigating whether they were part of the robbery.
The law requires transfers of cash exceeding ¥1 million overseas to be declared at customs.
The ¥735 million was found when the South Koreans attempted to go through baggage inspection at the airport’s international terminal, according to the sources.
The robbery occurred in a parking area in the city’s downtown Tenjin district at around 12:25 p.m. Thursday. The company worker withdrew the ¥380 million at the Fukuoka branch of Mizuho Bank and carried the money in a black suitcase to his hire car.
When he reached the car, he was suddenly assaulted from behind with pepper spray or a similar substance and robbed of the suitcase. The attackers — two men wearing work clothes and white masks — then entered a white Honda minivan parked a few lots away and drove south at a breakneck speed.
The airport is about 4 kilometers from the scene of the robbery.
The corporate worker, who suffered minor injury during the robbery, works for a precious metals store in Tokyo and was on a business trip from Tuesday. The stolen money was to be used for purchasing gold.