Japan's one-time maverick Internet tycoon Takafumi Horie used Twitter Wednesday to announce his release from prison after serving one year and nine months of a 2 1/2-year sentence for accounting fraud.
True to form, the flamboyant dotcom entrepreneur used the social networking site to disclose that "I was released on parole at about 7:40 am!"
More tweets followed, with the fallen head of Internet service provider Livedoor saying he planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday night and adding: "Wicked. I'm busy doing business, etc.!"
The University of Tokyo literature dropout became a household name with his entrepreneurial style that broke the rules of corporate Japan and made him a hero to many young people. He has more than 900,000 Twitter followers.
In his heyday, Horie tried to buy a professional baseball team and take over a radio broadcaster to gain influence over media group Fuji Television Network Inc. He also ran for a Diet seat. Although such efforts fizzled out, they spread an image here of his glamour.
Horie, now 40, has long insisted he is a victim of the establishment.
He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail by the Tokyo district court in 2007 for falsely reporting a pre-tax profit of five billion yen to hide losses at his company.
A high court appeal the following year was rejected, and the supreme court upheld his conviction again in 2011.
Livedoor has been integrated into online game and web service firm NHN Japan.© 2013 AFP