Police in Japan have arrested three Chinese nationals on charges of illegally hoarding and reselling diapers, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times. The three men were arrested Oct. 15 in Hyogo prefecture on charges of violating local immigration laws.
Japan’s Kyodo News said the three men entered the country on working visas. They managed to buy 990 packs of diapers in 269 shops over a five-day period, leaving locals unable to buy any for themselves.
After further investigation, police were led to a warehouse where they found nearly 10,000 packs of diapers. Roughly 20 Chinese nationals were found entering and exiting the warehouse every day.
Merries, a diaper brand manufactured by the company Kao, is popular in China because they are more comfortable. Each pack bought for US$12.20 could be resold in China for US$18.75.
Despite signs at most drugstores restricting each customer to one pack, store clerks said they cannot restrict the number of packs that customers buy.
One drugstore manager said that the three items most sought after by Chinese tourists are milk powder, diapers, and facial masks. Chinese tourists have also been found hoarding diapers bought from Taiwan’s drugstores.