Police have charged three Japanese men with possessing fake credit cards and false passports after one allegedly tried to make a purchase at a duty-free store. Yausuhiro Kikkawa, 38, who attempted the purchase, had 13 false credit cards as well as the one he used at the store, and a fake passport, when police detained him at Duty Free Shop Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui, a court heard yesterday. Takayuki Kobayashi, 30, who was with Kikkawa, had 14 false credit cards and one fake passport. Takashi Koide, 27, who joined the pair later, had one fake passport, Kwun Tong Court was told. The men, all Japanese nationals, were in Hong Kong as tourists, Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung was told during a holiday sitting. Kikkawa was charged with one count of possessing a visa he knew to be false, one count of possessing illegal instruments - the false credit cards - and one count of possessing a false passport. Kobayashi was charged with one count of possessing false credit cards and one of possessing a false passport. Koide was charged with one count of possessing a false passport. No pleas were entered and their case was adjourned until next Friday for bail review, pending further investigation into the cards, including whether they were ever used in a successful transaction in the city. The three were remanded in custody. Kikkawa raised suspicions at the duty-free store on Tuesday when he tried to use an NTT Group visa card to make an unspecified purchase that could not be effected, the prosecutor said.