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Woman wins marriage visa case

A Chinese woman who married an elderly Japanese man through a private agent just to obtain a visa to work in Japan won a lawsuit to get back her agent fees after her application for a return visa was rejected, Jiading district court said yesterday.

Zhao Yongyu, 34, married the man, whose name and age were not revealed, in February 2009. After the marriage was registered, Zhao signed a contract with agent Li Jindi on June 16, 2009, and paid 75,000 yuan (US$11,785) as an agent fee for Li's help with her visa documents to Japan.

Li obtained a visa for Zhao to go to Japan but failed to secure a return visa before a June 15, 2010, deadline. Zhao said this made her unable to go to Japan and asked Li to return the fee. But Li agreed to give back only 16,500 yuan.

The court ruled the contract valid and said Li must return the remaining 58,500 yuan.


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