A man who accused of posing as a doctor in earthquake-hit Miyagi Prefecture was arrested in Sapporo on Friday morning, TV media reported. The man, who is of no fixed abode, has been identified as Yoshitaka Yoneta, 42. According to police, Yoneta allegedly passed himself off as "Dr Yoneda" in the city of Ishinomaki, despite having no medical qualifications.
Yoneta was arrested at around 1 a.m Friday at a friend's house in Sapporo. At the time of his arrest, he shouted out to TV reporters that he was a doctor by profession. Police said the case came to light after a major newspaper carried a photo of Yoneta treating an evacuee in Ishinomaki. Yoneta had "treated" several people in earthquake-affected areas by the time the ruse was uncovered.
TBS reported that Yoneta also breached medical practitioners' law in late June when he attended a medical conference by showing staff a copy of a medical practitioner's license, which turned out to be a forgery.© Japan Today