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Woman indicted on cocaine smuggling charge

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Police in Tokyo have indicted a 59-year-old woman on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law after she attempted to smuggle around two kilograms of cocaine, worth the equivalent of 40 million yen, into Japan at Narita Airport.

Police said Harumi Miyauchi, a company executive from Nerima Ward, allegedly hid the drugs inside children’s books, NHK reported. She was arrested after the cocaine was discovered during a baggage inspection on April 15.

According to customs officers and police reports, Miyauchi landed at Narita Airport after departing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via Ethiopia. During a baggage inspection, customs officers found two children’s books with their back and front covers bulging one centimeter thick. That’s when they discovered the cocaine hidden inside.

Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs. Police suspect that an international smuggling organization is involved and are investigating the supply route to Japan.

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Throw the book at her.

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Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs. 

They weren't a foreigner if they were in their own country.

30 ( +34 / -4 )

Oopsie Daisies! やばい!

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Kiss the rest of your life goodby, and be glad they didn't catch you in Dubai.

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Harumi Miyauchi is an Executive in Japan?!

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According to customs officers and police reports, Miyauchi landed at Narita Airport after departing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via Ethiopia. During a baggage inspection, customs officers found two children’s books with their back and front covers bulging one centimeter thick. That’s when they discovered the cocaine hidden inside.

So, the UAE doesnt have drug dogs or do screening of carry on luggage there? One would think that she would have been caught before she even flew.

Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs. Police suspect that an international smuggling organization is involved and are investigating the supply route to Japan.

Goes to show that "age" doesnt automatically give someone common sense! Another "heiwa boke" Japanese while in gaikokuland!

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This article is again completely bad written and leave many questions open.

that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs.

What does that exactly mean? Does she pledge innocent?

If yes...

Does she know that foreigner?

Two books as a souvenir...for whom?

In case she didn't know that foreigner, who the hell is so stupid to take a backpack from a person, you do not know, and bring for this person children books as a souvenir into japan?

And to whom should she give these books as a souvenir?

During a baggage inspection, customs officers found two children’s books with their back and front covers bulging one centimeter thick.

Bulging one centimeter thick...didn't she recognize that?

I want to know if this woman pledges guilty or not guilty.

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Kiss the rest of your life goodby, and be glad they didn't catch you in Dubai.

Or worse, Malaysia or Singapore.

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Daninthepan Today  07:55 am JST

Throw the book at her.

But not the children’s book.

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This article implies that had they simply been better at hiding they never would have been caught. Are Japan's border detection methods really so horrible?

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I've always said that there are book smart people and then there are street smart ones, and sometimes the two do not intersect. She is a "literal" example of this notion.

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saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs

A likely fickle story for a drug smuggler. She didn't think a 'foreigner' giving her two childrens' books was unusual? She didn't think the covers being a centimeter thick was unusual? However, the real question is, how much cash was she promised for smuggling the drugs?

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Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs.

Some random person gives you a backpack with two books inside as "souvenirs" and you accept it and leave, no questions asked? Yeah, right. Make sure she gets a sentence the same as a non-Japanese would get.

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That’s just only the uppermost atom of the tip of the iceberg. Now they have caught that woman with that little test balloon and probably a thousands of similar ones come through anyway, but that’s still nothing. While they are such busy checking the luggage of everyone and measuring how thick the children book covers they have no time and resources left to check and catch the real big deliveries, in ships, containers , big airfreight, machine parts and all such. There are kilotons moved all over the planet and those mafias and syndicates laugh their mind out if you manage to sometimes catch someone like that woman at that airport. That’s only camouflage for keeping the big streams out of attention and news. It doesn’t matter so much if you put her into prison now or not.

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Dogs can pick up the scent of the smallest amount of any substance when train for that certain substances, but not through Vacuum sealed bag. It is due to lack of care by those involves and handling the product by non cleaning and relax handling process. ( Contamination )

Very good example of grammar displayed in the first paragraph. When quoting numerals, any numbers larger then ten, can be written as a number. Ten and smaller numbers are spelt. EG 59 year old woman, two kilograms then 40 million. Would the English teacher on here agree ?

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Looks like she was the actual foreigner in Dubai.

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Hitting the mules won't have a huge impact in the end, unless you get their sources too. Like any business, they expect a certain amount of product loss, it just so happens their product is quite illegal. Getting a couple kg of cocaine here or there makes for good publicity for law enforcement but probably isn't even a blip on the syndicates moving the product.

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Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs.

Her trash the gaijin modus operandi is sure to go down a treat; playing to and reinforcing all the stereotypes. It should be called for what it is; repugnant and contemptible and this mule made to serve hard time.

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I've always found it funny how Japanese refer to any other nationality as foreigners when they themselves are the gaijin outside of Japan.

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Throw the book at her.

That will be a heck of a read!

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They weren't a foreigner if they were in their own country.

And if they weren't in their own country?

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They weren't a foreigner if they were in their own country.

Dubai is about 90% foreigners (non Dubai-born).

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""And if they weren't in their own country?"

Then they would both be foreign.

My point is that the Japanese refer to non-Japanese as being foreigners, regardless of their location. The Japanese do not consider themselves to be foreign when they are in Gaikoku.

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I guess what she wanted to say was "someone who was not Japanese gave her the books" so how would you say that in Japanese? Oh yeah, gaikokujin or foreigner. I suppose if I'd just been arrested with 2kg of coke, I'd be worried about the sensitivities of a few white folk in Japan getting upset cos no one is looking out for them and would opt for the more lengthy and yet appropriate term of person not of Japanese descendency. Still, you'd forgive me if I didn't, right?

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Anybody who smuggles by airports is simply stupid and deserve to lose their ¥40m product. Everybody know you should use container boats or fishing boats. I hope they catch the top people. I hate hard drugs in Japan.

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Doesn't she know that as a Japanese that drugs are illegal and Japanese never break the law?

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Harumi Miyauchi is an Executive in Japan?!

Not for much longer, she won't be.

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Four pounds of blow? Man, that’s one hell of a weekend.

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First , good work from the police , second , that is a very serious crime, she will be taken to the prision and stay therebdor a at least 20 years.

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Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs. 

a foreigner as in a person who is not a UAE national, or just someone who's not Japanese?

I'm guessing the latter, and I'm guessing she wants to play the foreigners are evil and I am a Japanese victim card. That's what it reads like to me.

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Just teach her a lesson, make her snort it all over one week. Same way I never touched tobacco again after trying it in junior high.

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Just teach her a lesson, make her snort it all over one week.

or turn it all into suppositories and give to her that way.

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Police suspect that an international smuggling organization is involved

No, just one moron who did a poor job smuggling in drugs.

And thank goodness she wasn’t a foreign tourist, or else all hell would’ve broken lose.

Since, you know, according to the Japanese, foreign tourists usually cause all the problems.

> and are investigating the supply route to Japan.

how are they gonna do that, while they sleep in the kobans?

They can’t even handle those bicycle hoodlums that don’t know how or where to park their bicycles.

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you know, according to the Japanese, foreign tourists usually cause all the problems

Well done repaying them for making blanket statements about foreigners, by making a blanket statement about Japanese. Seems legit.

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