The Serious Fraud Office has delivered an urgent briefing to its minister about the East Wind scandal, as angry Japanese investors urged authorities and liquidators to properly investigate.

Last week the Herald broke the news that financial and immigration firm East Wind had been described by its liquidator as a giant Ponzi scheme, with largely Japanese investors owed $45 million.

The company's sole director and shareholder, 60-year-old Auckland-based businessman Tom Tanaka, also known as Masatomo Ashikaga, died in February and liquidator Tim Downes of Grant Thornton, appointed in the wake of the sudden death, said he discovered its operations

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