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Co-operation agreement with Japan

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The States of Jersey Police and Customs Joint Financial Crimes Unit (JFCU) and the Japan Financial Intelligence Center (JAFIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate cooperation and the exchange of information between the two agencies.

Mr Totokawa, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan was joined by Mr Mizobata, Assistant Director JAFIC and Mr Kojima, Chief Inspector JAFIC at a signing ceremony at Cyril Le Marquand House on Friday 29th November.

Head of JFCU, Detective Inspector Dave Burmingham said: “Financial crime, money laundering and terrorist financing continues to develop in terms of complexity and sophistication.

“The increasingly international nature of financial crime means the exchange of financial intelligence is vital. Jersey is involved in millions of funds transactions each year, so international partnerships are critical in the global fight against money laundering and in protecting the integrity of Jersey’s financial system.

“The signing is a significant step in fostering closer cooperation and will assist efforts to track illicit funds across the globe.”

The JFCU and JAFIC are active members of the Egmont Group, the globally recognised international network of 139 financial intelligence units established to promote cooperation between its members.

The MOUs protect the confidentiality of the information exchanged and ensure that the information will only be used for the purpose for which it is communicated to the foreign country.

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