17 Tai­wanese shoplifters at Tokyo Dis­ney ar­rested in past two years

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY GRACE TING- ANN LEE

Dur­ing the past two years, 17 Tai­wanese have been ar­rested for shoplift­ing in Tokyo Dis­ney­land’s gift stores. In re­sponse, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs ( ) of­fi­cials have called on peo­ple not to dam­age Tai­wan’s im­age abroad due to im­pulse.

Tokyo Dis­ney­land Re­sort has be­come a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion that many choose to visit while trav­el­ing to Ja­pan.

News about nine shoplift­ing ar­rest in­volv­ing Tai­wanese tourists at Dis­ney­land gift shops ini­tially were re­ported on last year. While the Tourism Bureau ( ) stated that half of the shoplift­ing was “by ac­ci­dent,” author­i­ties’ records show that thefts are still hap­pen­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Taipei Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice in Ja­pan (

), from May 2013 to June this year, 17 Tai­wanese had been caught red-handed while shoplift­ing. The of­fice said that most of those caught were young women be­tween the ages of 20 and 40, while the first man was ar­rested this year.

The Bureau of Con­sular Af­fairs stated that one fe­male tourist who pur­chased mer­chan­dise worth more than 300,000 Ja­panese yen in the gift store, but still stole an ac­ces­sory worth 10,000 yen.

“Why be greedy about such a small amount of money when you have al­ready spent 300,000 yen?” asked of­fi­cials re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent. They also stated that although there are no theft-proof gates at the gift stores, cus­tomers are still un­der the watch of clerks and se­cu­rity. Peo­ple who are found leav­ing with­out pay­ing, will “im­me­di­ately be tailed,” stopped and re­ported to the po­lice, they said.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice in Ja­pan stated that such thefts are crim­i­nal cases. If Tai­wan cit­i­zens are ar­rested in Ja­pan, even if they call the of­fice’s emer­gency as­sis­tance line, author­i­ties can only visit the per­son and as­sist their fam­ily in com­ing to Ja­pan to deal with the sit­u­a­tion.

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