Time and time again we see cases of criminal breaking the cardinal rule of getting too greedy and blowing the lid off their various schemes.
This brings us to Takashi Miyagawa, a 39-year-old part time worker of no fixed address who was arrested in Osaka for defrauding 35 women with whom he pretended to be in serious relationships. In the most recent case he told a 47-year-old woman that his birthday was on Feb 22, when in fact it was on Nov 13.
Other victims have also come forward, such as a 40-year-old woman whom he told his birthday was in a July, and 35-year-old who though his birthday was in April. The current count of victims stands at 35, with a possibility of more, who are accusing Miyagawa of cheating them out of a total 100,000 yen made up of smaller “birthday” gifts of money and clothing.
Miyagawa reportedly met his victims while he was selling hydrogen water shower heads and other equipment though a multi-level marketing company, and started up romantic relationships with each one under the assumption that marriage was in the cards. However, as his web of lies began to dissolve like the hydrogen molecules in his therapeutic water, the women all formed a “Victims Association” and reported him to police last February.
▼ MBS reporters ambushed Miyagawa on the street in Osaka last January, prior to the criminal charges.
Those who read the news online were filled with a conflicting mix of disgust and awe at the scope of Miyagawa’s crimes and infidelity.
“Can you imagine all that scheduling and planning to date 35 people at the same time?”
“I guess that’s what they call an ‘alpha-male.'”
“Even if he sees one everyday, there’s still five more after a month!”
“Isn’t it easier to get a job at that point?”
“It seems like he should be a better MLM salesman if he’s such a smooth talker.”
“It’s hard enough keeping a relationship with one person.”
“It horrible yet impressive.”
“Don’t women do this all the time?”
“I wonder what he does when Christmas rolls around.”
“The presents are one thing, but isn’t this pyramid scheme the guy is in fraud too?”
“He’s an awful person, but I envy his time-management skills.”
Source: MBS, Hachima Kiko
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