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Ex-post office chief in Nagasaki may have swindled ¥1 bil

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A former head of a post office in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Nagasaki may have swindled more than 50 people out of over 1 billion yen, Japan Post Co said Tuesday.

The man, who is in his 60s, had fraudulently collected money from November 1996, or possibly earlier, to January 2021 by telling customers that the payments were for deposits or insurance premiums, according to an in-house probe by the company.

"We sincerely apologize for causing so much trouble to those concerned," Kazuyuki Negishi, a Japan Post senior executive officer, said at a press conference, adding that the company is looking into further details through an internal probe. Police have also launched an investigation, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Japan Post suspects there could be more victims, but they will be compensated for their monetary losses, according to the company.

The man retired in March 2019 but apparently continued to offer the fraudulent services even after his retirement. While he has admitted to fraud, he has told the company he does not remember the details or how much money he took, according to Japan Post.

The allegations surfaced on Jan 27 when a customer told a local Japan Post Bank branch that the former chief refused their request to close a savings account.

Japan Post said its parent company, Japan Post Holdings Co, has already reported the allegations to the Financial Services Agency.

The postal and financial services provider was hit by a similar scandal several years ago, in which a former head of a post office in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, defrauded customers of around 890 million yen by offering fake financial products with high interest rates.

Japan Post terminated the contract with the former post office head, who was in her 70s, in April 2015.

In 2019, another scandal involving the Japan Post group came to light when it was found that post office workers made customers pay for both old and new insurance products without a switch for some time.

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Who Kyodo chooses to name or not name is always interesting. I had a quick search in Japanese, does anyone know this person's name?

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Ok reading a little more news. Financial institutions in Japan move management staff. They'll stay in one place for up to 5 years and no more than 10. That guy was there for over 20.

Considering it was a fully government agency untill 2007 this guy's definitely got all the right connections for nothing to come of this. Hence no name, no arrest.

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The man definitely got it made!

He should have disappeared and retired in some nice country.

But good to see that he (as always) doesn't remember how much money he took and so on.

The as always excuse! Feeling sorry for those who fell for his scam!

Now, send him to prison and let him enjoy the rest of his life there!

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How is this fraud even possible? Don't they do any audits at J-Post?

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So if JP is run as a quasi-private corporation, only quasi-taxpayers will be liable for making these people whole? Didn't think so...

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Kiwikid - back in the day, it was the village headman's home where the post was dropped off, and from there distributed. This tradition of appointing local "regents" as the heads of post offices continues today, given that they've passed the civil servants exam. This may well be the reason that his name has not been released.

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he has told the company he does not remember the details or how much money he took

not surprised, typical selective amnesia, and red handed denial, and B4 2 yokosuka semen seafarers said they never lie ...that was a base-homesteading falsehood.

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I wonder if the nagasakians taxpayers will have to cover that evil econ loss.

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Sounds so familiar, I got this same insurance at DoCoMo shop for my phone, and when I wanted to cancel it they said you can't. These institutions are out of control and fear no one. especially when they know you cant read Japanese well.

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Is this fraud or pure theft?

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kaimycahlApr. 7  10:44 pm JST

Is this fraud or pure theft?

It's both. He misled the customer (fraud) and pocketed the money (theft).

BlackFlagCitizenApr. 7  09:52 am JST

How is this fraud even possible? Don't they do any audits at J-Post?

My guess is that an audit isn't going to turn much up. The reason I say this is because if he was smart, he would have supplied a fake document for the "insurance" which, of course, there are no copies filed or kept.

Most loans do have some sort of insurance to help cover the balance of the loan should something happen to the customer (i.e. death, unemployment, etc.) which an insurance fee is applied to the over all loan. What this guy did was piggy back on that. Since most Japanese people pay in cash, it would be fairly easy for him to provide a receipt for the loan payment and a second (fake one) for whatever fake service he came up with.

Unless something happens with the loan in general, this fraud/theft would virtually go undetected. If the payments were done electronically then I don't think his scheme would work.

IDK, this is just my guess. I wouldn't expect the article to go into any details on how he pulled this off as it could taint the litigation.

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Alot of have money but no brains to manage the money and end up being easy picking.

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50 people 1 billion yen. Doesn't add up.

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