TOKYO, Dec 9 (AFP): Tokyo said Friday it will tighten immigration screening for people of Japanese origin after a Peruvian claiming Japanese heritage strangled to death a seven-year-old girl.
More than 330,000 Latin Americans, whose ancestors left Japan before its economic miracle, have taken advantage of preferential treatment to work in Japan, which has some of the developed world's tightest immigration controls.
Justice Minister Seiken Sugiura said Japan will begin asking potential immigrants for more documentation to verify their Japanese ancestry and proof they do not have criminal records.
Japan was shocked by the November 22 murder of seven-year-old Airi Kinoshita, who was snatched on her way back home. Her body was left in a cardboard box.
A man identified as Jose Manuel Torres Yake has confessed to the crime in the western city of Hiroshima.