Under such circumstances, a Frenchman linked to "Al-Qaeda"
who was placed on the international wanted list by Interpol for
attempted murder and terrorist bomb attacks was arrested in
Germany in December 2003. It was found that he had been illegally
entering and leaving Japan repeatedly by using passports belonging
to others. Furthermore, it came to light that a member of different
Islamic extremist group had been temporarily living in Japan with
him, highlighting the fact that international terrorists had been
hiding in Japan.
Many people from Islamic countries are living and forming
communities in Japan. It is of concern that in the future, Islamic
extremists may take advantage of such communities to procure
funds and materials, as well as to take various opportunities to
influence youths into becoming extremists.
|Man linked to "Al-Qaeda" who was hiding in Japan (Photo: Jiji Press)