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Now tax evasion is illegal!

Are they going to prosecute all women who manipulate men? Are they going to close down hostess clubs and arrest the women inside? It seems her only crime is saying the quiet part about women and in particularly in Japan out loud!

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What was the crime

-18 ( +7 / -25 )

Tax evasion-the Japanese state watches carefully and punishes by sending to gaol.

-10 ( +8 / -18 )

What was the crime?

Tax evasion (lol).

One of the "victims" must have had connections in the right places.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

I give women stuff all the times,and expect nothing in return

-17 ( +6 / -23 )

The crime is a very insidious one utilizing sweet-talking

Maybe the judge was thinking, "It could have been me..."

-5 ( +13 / -18 )

She isn’t even that hot.

-4 ( +13 / -17 )

Nine Years!!!!

The inconsistencies in sentences in Japan is staggering.

I am not condoning her crimes. but she was a nobody so they threw the book at her.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

 "itadaki joshi Riri-chan," literally "sugar baby Riri,"

Literally would mean a baby made of sugar, that is obviously not the case, it is not even figuratively, the English would be an equivalent term.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Japanese men are easily marked,if she would of been a blue eyed , blonde,they would probably gave her 500 million yen,i know lots of foreign women get approached by Japanese men , thinking they are prostitute,just because they in Japan

-13 ( +6 / -19 )

Maybe Japan finally is taking measure to stop emotional scams!

9 years is right as she destroyed life of 3 guys.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

This woman is no better than the "ore ore" people who phone up old people. Preying on the vulnerable with a "screw as much as you can out of the weakest ones" business model. This is fraud, not some Only Fans type "pay me coz I'm pretty/sexy" thing.

Good to see her locked up. I hope her telling others how to do it got her an extra long sentence.

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According to the indictment, between March 2021 and August 2023, Watanabe duped a man in his 50s with a story that she needed money to pay off a debt, swindling approximately 117 million yen from him.

If I had that kind of dough to throw at women, I wouldn't be on some dating app, just head to Southeast Asia. More bang for the buck down there if you know what I mean, and without the phony cute routine. You could spend one-tenth of that in a lifetime and still have a blast. I need to go into consulting so I can steer these guys into the right direction, for a nominal fee, of course. On an aside, I wonder what the man-haters think about this?

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This story is more an indictment of the stupidity of the men than the sleazy con-woman. But maybe that's the reason for the seemingly overly harsh sentence. The male dominant judiciary would certainly feel threatened by a woman with the wits to cheat so many of their kinsmen.

I've seen far less harsh sentences passed on far more insidious crimes reported on this source.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

So she scammed 155 million yen out of the three men, yet evaded income tax by hiding around 40 million yen derived from the scams.

Does that mean she declared the other 115m yen? Nine years does seem a little harsh.

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Not the first time and it wont be the last.

Online dating apps. gave scammers and swindlers the PERFECT tools to carry out their acts.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

She isn’t even that hot.

Downvoters never watched the news.

I wouldnt touch that even if they paid me!

Just google 渡辺真衣

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

It should be obvious that the men paying her the most money are not worldly-wise. That does not mean they deserve to be conned. If any men are doing the same thing as blatantly to rich and vulnerable women, throw them in prison too. If anyone has forgotten, the nation's hero gave his staff his bank details for an account that the staff member was allowed to make off limits to the hero's accountant. That's not exactly worldly wise either. Did he deserve to be robbed?

There are plenty of ways to fleece rich people. Lets raise the bar to dating or marrying them, and not just leave it at sending "I'm so sick - help me!" emotional blackmail texts and selling a manual on how to do it to other would-be scammers.

Its probably just as well she isn't prettier and doesn't look more "girl next door" like an AKB member, otherwise there would be hundreds of victims, not three.

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good 9 years should be enough.

zero sympathy.for all.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Some men are really gullible, and shameless women are trying to scam them out of their money.

Nothing new about that and not only in Japan, but worldwide. It is amazing to see how love from women is going through the wallets of men. In general nobody really cares about that.

What makes however this woman so special is the huge sum of money she collected from only three men, she wrote even a manual how to cheat men and instructed an other woman how to do the same and even transferred a part of this money she took to two hosts in a host club in Kabukicho in Tokyo to have fun with them.

These two hosts were also arrested, as reported in other news publications, as they were aware that this money was obtained by fraud.

This woman is simply said a criminal, a fraudster, why not to send her to prison for a while.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Ok, that attempt hasn't work well. But now imagine a real beauty, a super hot bombshell, who doesn't has to use a playbook and pays all the taxes regularly. lol

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

finally richToday 09:54 am JST

She isn’t even that hot.

> Downvoters never watched the news.

> I wouldnt touch that even if they paid me!

> Just google 渡辺真衣

I did just that. Hard to tell but she'd be unrecognizable the next morning without that paste on her face.


5 ( +5 / -0 )

It is not clear to me if tax evasion had anything to do with imprisonment or just the fine.

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Must be the first woman to spend time in prison for defrauding men!

Happens all the time.

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YrralToday  07:17 am JST

What was the crime

What you read here in this article in the Japantoday is not complete, other publications but mostly in Japanese only are much more informative. For example she sold her manual about how to cheat men to another woman in Nagoya, gave her online lessons for an additional fee how to go ahead step by step with two men she met somewhere and she indeed successfully cheated them out of more than 10 million yen. This woman in Nagoya was also arrested.

It is reported, she is out of a broken family, with many problems in school, considers herself as a self-proclaimed sex worker, she also had no fixed address where she was living when she was arrested.

She had also female clients online against a fee instructing them how to exploit men financially.

She was arrested because of that, and only later, during police investigation it was found out that she herself has also defrauded men using tricks described in her manual.

The sum she cheated out of other men is unclear but estimated much higher than 155 million yen. She was indicted only for approx. 155 million yen because this amount related to 3 men could be proven in court.

A large part of the money she got from men was wasted by her in a host club. These two hosts were also arrested, because they were aware about her activities regarding defrauding men.

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This is a ridiculously harsh sentence for a scam that fundamentally the victims have to blame themselves for. This is more than other people have gotten for murdering children. Insane.

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I have little sympathy for anyone involved with this but 9 years is harsh while the LDP just had another huge scandal about secret money and no one went to jail


She took advantage of a shady practice and got rich off it. If there is one thing the government will do, is clap people for taxes. They want their cut. At the same time these scams are so prominent across Japanese dating apps and there is no moderation or regulation against them despite the well known nature of them. Writing a book about it and helping fellow ladies get in on the game just put a target on her like a moron.

But also these middle age men going after girls more than half their age… let’s stop pretending they are innocent in this exchange. They gave her vast amounts of money because they’re expecting it to lead to something more than “wow you’re such a nice guy Mr. Suzuki”

Granted her attitude towards the trial was the X factor here. She had no regrets, even fake ones, then evidence of tax evasion was found. Did it to yourself you dumb kid. First rule of getting tried in Japan, pretend to be sorry!

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Good! I’m glad she’s been caught. Glad she has been sentenced and glad that this ( not sure what word to use here) but also glad she’s been fined. When we see men taking women for 10’s of thousands of dollars, we might say what a scum bag. So in the interest of gender equality, isn’t it also fair to call her something similar. Sadly this happens all the time to men and women. But so glad she can go to jail and maybe find a new love. LoL. I won’t conflate the silly men who attend hostess bars ( legitimately) with a criminal.

GillislowTierToday  02:53 pm JST

let’s stop pretending they are innocent in this exchange. They gave her vast amounts of money because they’re expecting it to lead to something more than “wow you’re such a nice guy Mr. Suzuki”

So what, we as men have bought women drinks, taken them to the cinema,meals, and other things but doesn’t make every guy a loser because they expected something. It’s called trust! Romanance and hope we find someone we can love. Being gullible isn’t a crime! It’s just some people abuse that trust, and other peoples hopes. You wouldn’t be saying this if some guy swindled some older lady out of millions. You’d stilll call him a scumbag. (IMHO)

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I watched interview with her before she was arrested and interestingly she spent all the money at host clubs. That is just insane.

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She should have stopped while she was ahead!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

She earned so much, but fined so little.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

the photos ...........oh dear ........ some men really will go for ANYTHING


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How hypocritical !

If the three men had sex, all would have been forgiven.

Except if there is an acknowledgement of debt, this is not swindling. Since when men ask to give back what they knowingly give in order to seduce a woman ?

Her error was not to declare her revenues. Government is the worst pimp and she deserves some prison time, but 9 years !

About the manual, she has just written down what millions of women around the world apply everyday !

Naivety is a shared trait in the world.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

9 years, 9! Can you believe it?

This brazen hussy deserves to do time for her wickedness and deceit to lonely men.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

That's what I like about Japan. They don't give two hoots if you're a woman:

You do the crime, you do the time.

Had this been a feminist-infested Western country, she would have gotten away with no jail and no punishment.

In fact, she probably would have been rewarded for her crimes with a book deal and multiple talk-show appearances.

Meanwhile, dozens of Western men are rotting away in jail because of mere accusations by women and no actual proof of any wrongdoing.

Kudos to the Japanese courts for meting out justice!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The crime should be tax evasion, not scamming stupid guys out of money. They had playtime and got burnt.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

9 years for $100,000USD equivalent is too harsh - people committing murders in Japan get the same years

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Good, rot in jail..

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

This sentence is incredible. The right one would be a three year suspended sentence plus refunding the victims.

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This sentence is incredible. The right one would be a three year suspended sentence plus refunding the victims.

"Refunding" sounds difficult, unless you want her to revive the scheme...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This prison sentence is quite harsh.

Murderers get less.

The people doing the ore-ore scams are horrible. They pretend to be a family member in need. True criminal activity.

But she didn't pretend to be anything. Even her name "itadaki joshi Riri-chan," literally "sugar baby Riri," makes her intensions very clear.

If I ask you to give me 5,000 yen so I can buy clothes for my kids, but in the end use that 5,000 yen to buy myself a new video game, then I'm rotten but it's not illegal.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

So, what’s her advice? Ensure the man is loaded AND a socially inept moron?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

9 years for $100,000USD equivalent is too harsh - people committing murders in Japan get the same years

155,000,000 yen is more like $1,000,000 equivalent.

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