Chinese Woman Disappears After Passing Through Security Checkpoint for Return Flight from Narita Airport to Shanghai

When my friend and I visited China’s Henan Province from Japan two years ago, a female doctor who was friends with our taxi driver approached us about finding her husband who had gone to Japan on a work visa eight years before and never came home.  He’d called once from Hong Kong, and she thought he was living with a Japanese woman somewhere within the country.  We found stories about his defection on the Internet, but the trail was cold.  Our Japanese friend who has family in the Tokyo Police Department said the national police have had many such cases and that a Chinese student who came to her home twenty years before to study agriculture had also vanished.  There is less reason to defect now that China’s economy is improving, but it seems some still have reason to disappear.

Chinese Woman Disappears After Passing Through Security Checkpoint for Return Flight from Narita Airport to Shanghai
Yomiuri Shimbun: 成田空港で出国審査後、中国人女性が行方不明
Staff Report, February 13, 2010

On February 4, a Chinese woman in her 20s who had already passed through the security checkpoint to depart Narita International Airport did not board her scheduled flight and is now missing, an airport official confirmed on the 12th.  Chiba Prefecture’s Narita International Airport Police are searching for her.

The official says the woman had come to Japan to work.  On the 4th, she passed through Terminal 2’s security checkpoint to board a return flight to Shanghai and entered the restricted area.  Her presence near the boarding gate has been confirmed, but she did not board the flight, and her whereabouts thereafter are unknown.

According to the police department, a security camera in the terminal’s JR train station has captured an image of a similar-looking woman.  There are exits for staff of the duty-free shops inside the restricted area, but one cannot pass through them without showing an ID card to security, and the airport company says “it’s hard to imagine she left the area by a normal route.”

成田空港で出国審査後、中国人女性が行方不明

成田空港で今月4日、出国審査を終えた20歳代の中国人女性が航空機に搭乗せず、行方不明になっていることが12日、空港関係者の話でわかった。千葉県警成田国際空港署が行方を捜している。

関係者によると、中国人女性は日本で仕事をするために入国。4日、中国・上海に帰国するため、同空港第2ターミナルビル内で出国審査を受け、制限エリア内に入った。搭乗口付近にいたのが確認されているが、予定していた便には乗らず、行方がわからなくなった。

同署などによると、同ターミナルビル内のJRの駅に取り付けられた防犯カメラに女性に似た姿が映っているという。制限エリアには免税店員らの出入り口があるが、警備員にIDカードを提示しなければ通れず、成田国際空港会社は「通常のルートで制限エリアから出たとは考えにくい」とみている。
(2011年2月13日12時01分  読売新聞)

When my friend and I visited China’s Henan Province from Japan two 

years ago, a female doctor who was friends with our taxi driver

approached us about finding her husband who had gone to Japan on a

work visa eight years before and never came home.  He’d called once

from Hong Kong, and she thought he was living with a Japanese woman

somewhere within the country.  We found stories about his defection

on the Internet, but the trail was cold.  Our Japanese friend who

has family in the Tokyo Police Department said the national police

have had many such cases and that a Chinese student who came to her

home twenty years before to study agriculture had also vanished.

There is less reason to defect now that China’s economy is

improving, but it seems some still have reason to disappear.

Chinese Woman Disappears After Passing Through Security Checkpoint

for Return Flight from Narita Airport to Shanghai
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Staff Report, February 13, 2010

On February 4, a Chinese woman in her 20s who had already passed

through the security checkpoint to depart Narita International

Airport did not board her scheduled flight and is now missing, an

airport official confirmed on the 12th.  Chiba Prefecture’s Narita

International Airport Police are searching for her.

According to the official, the woman had come to Japan to work.  On

the 4th, she passed through Terminal 2’s security checkpoint to

board a return flight to Shanghai and entered the restricted area.

Her presence near the boarding gate has been confirmed, but she did

not board the flight, and her whereabouts thereafter are unknown.

According to the police department, a security camera in the

terminal’s JR train station has captured an image of a similar-

looking woman.  There are exits for staff of the duty-free shops

inside the restricted area, but one cannot pass through them without

showing an ID card to security, and the airport company says “it’s

hard to imagine she left the area by a normal route.”

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