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A Japanese fairytale September 12, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Entertainment.
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Couple jailed over ‘royal’ wedding rip-off

A fairytale story ended behind bars for a Japanese couple, when they were jailed for staging an elaborate fake royal wedding to defraud guests.

Yasuyuki Kitano and Harumi Sakamoto, both in their 40s, invited hundreds of guests – including Japanese celebrities – to a wedding reception in 2003, saying that Kitano was a member of a defunct branch of the imperial family.

Guests at Japanese weddings traditionally bring with them gifts of at least 30,000 yen ($US260) in cash.

Pictures shown on television at the time showed Sakamoto in the “junihitoe” 12-layered kimono worn by women of the imperial household on formal occasions.

“It was a malicious crime that cleverly took advantage of a mentality for revering the imperial court and imperial family,” Kyodo news agency quoted judge Takaaki Oshima as saying.

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