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Company manager robbed of Y40 mil in Tokyo

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A company manager was attacked by three men who stole 40 million from a safe in his house in Tokyo’ Shibuya Ward, police said Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 3 a.m. Saturday, Fuji TV reported.  The man, who is in his 40s, told police he had just arrived home and had opened the front door to his house when three men suddenly came up behind him and forced their way into the house.

The intruders beat the man with metal pipes and demanded that he open his safe. After taking 40 million yen in cash from the safe, two of the men fled while the third took the victim with him in a car and drove for awhile before letting him out at around 4 a.m.

The victim called 110 to report what had happened.

Police said the man’s injuries were not severe. He described his attackers as wearing black and wearing white face masks and caps.

The man’s wife and two children were asleep in the house at the time of the robbery and heard nothing.

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sounds suspicious.... were robbers his drinking m8s..?

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Y40 million sitting in his safe... hmmmm. He couldn't be that old, his children were asleep along with his wife. Sure, if I'm the cops I investigate this as a major crime, but I'm also taking a close look at this guy too. What is his Home insurance like, does it cover cash theft and up to how much? Is the guy in debt? How did he amass such a fortune and has he properly paid taxes on it? All the above are what cops normally check in these situations... along with trying to figure out who knew he had that much money. I doubt he set it up... he couldn't be that stupid... but you never know.

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Police said the man’s injuries were not severe. 

> The man’s wife and two children were asleep in the house at the time of the robbery and heard nothing.

Surprised by three people and didn't make a peep? No struggle at all, so not enough noise to wake anyone? None of the perps made any sound?

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Heard nothing? Seriously? Insurance scam!

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There are banks on every street corner in this country, and this clown keeps 40 mil. cash in a safe. I would not want to be a client of whatever company this guy was supposedly managing.

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yep, most normal house insurance covers theft, also when u get safe you can add extra insurance... sounds def like a scam + some unpaid dirty debts

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I thought about his wife and kids being asleep and hearing nothing.... I think it is plausible. Why, suppose 3 guys surprise you late at night at your front door. One guy grabs you from behind, covers your mouth and whispers, "we know your family is in the house, you'd better be quiet because if they wake up it would not be good for them". That would turn me into a Ninja. So I think it is plausible that they didn't hear a thing if this was indeed a real crime.

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Sure he has insurance.....

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Why is everyone surprised he stashed cash at home? In Japan many people keep loads of cash at home for obvious reasons.

The intruders beat the man with metal pipes and demanded that he open his safe.

The man’s wife and two children were asleep in the house at the time of the robbery and heard nothing.

Hmmm, pretty amazing how they can hurt him with metal pipes without making a ruckus. We need more info.

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If he is that rich, he probsbly had a very big house. Also money is in a safe. Why were thr 3 waiting and what is father coming home so late?

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What significance is it that he is a "company manager"? Am I missing something?

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Dear Company Manager,

You suck at cooking up stories. Time to hold a presser and bow as low as possible ?

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beat the man with metal pipes

and

the man’s injuries were not severe

and

wife and two children were asleep in the house at the time of the robbery and heard nothing

This story sounds pretty implausible.

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Maybe he lost the money playing pachinko, or he had to pay off his pregnant girlfriend, or maybe those guys were yaks who he refused to pay

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Why is everyone surprised he stashed cash at home? In Japan many people keep loads of cash at home for obvious reasons.

Nobody is surprised. We all know the obvious reasons for keeping large amounts of cash in a safe instead of in the bank.

-The money was acquired illegally.

-He didn't want to pay taxes on it.

-He is hiding it from his wife/family/business partners

Plenty of obvious reasons.

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What significance is it that he is a "company manager"? Am I missing something?

The victim's and accused's employment, or lack thereof, is always mentioned in Japanese news articles.

It has no significance to anything, but is considered important in Japan for some odd reason.

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inside job

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It has no significance to anything, but is considered important in Japan for some odd reason.

just like why do they also show people’s age on tv.

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he should have converted all that to bitcoin, then totally safe... right?

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I doubt his insurance will cover this. How can he prove there really was Y40 million in the safe?

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Thank you garypen. It was an honest question so the downvotes also confused me haha. Am I missing something?

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I doubt his insurance will cover this. How can he prove there really was Y40 million in the safe?

Also how did the robbers know he had a loaded safe?

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I suspect the robbers knew there was a safe with a large quantity of cash but probably not the exact amount which maybe can't be confirmed unless they are caught with the cash.

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Apparently back when the bubble popped, a lot of people got screwed because their savings were only insured up to a certain amount. As such, they stopped trusting the banks, and keep their money in a safe a home.

This is a perfect reason why bitcoin will be nice once it stabilizes - people won't have to keep ridiculous amounts of cash in the home, nor will they have to trust a third party they have no control over.

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So they took the money... and then one guy took him for a short drive... then let him out :-/ wonder what they discussed during the drive.

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How did he amass such a fortune and has he properly paid taxes on it?

By not spending and saving. I know someone in their twenties who saved 5 million yen in three years out of college 20 million by age 30. Regular job and not living with parents (paying rent).

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¥40 million is only about $350,000?

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StrangerlandJan. 29 05:05 pm JST

Apparently back when the bubble popped, a lot of people got screwed because their savings were only insured up to a certain amount. As such, they stopped trusting the banks, and keep their money in a safe a home.

Many major banks in Japan to this day only insure savings of up to 10 Mil. Yen

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J-Drake - It was an honest question so the downvotes also confused me haha. Am I missing something?

Yep. The downvotes on JT confuse the hell outta me, too.

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This is a perfect reason why bitcoin will be nice once it stabilizes - people won't have to keep ridiculous amounts of cash in the home, nor will they have to trust a third party they have no control over.

Tell that to the folks who just lost a boatload of cybercash cyber criminals. And, it ain't the first time it's happened, either. Bitcoin and the like are less secure than banks. Not insured. Can be hacked. Basically unregulated.

The gov't should just raise the max insurance amount for bank accounts. Or, the customer can simply spread their money across multiple banks. Easy enough.

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