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Man offers to pay back mistakenly sent ¥46.3 mil COVID funds 'little by little'

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Of course he has no intention of returning the money. He is paying his lawyer now to stay out of prison, as he [TAGUCHI, Shou] did not anticipate the counter-lawsuit by Abu-machi (whom are desperate to scrape the egg off their collective faces).

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On the man's claim that he used all the money on gambling, Norihiko Hanada, the mayor of Abu, expressed surprise earlier. "We want to trace the flow of the money in the lawsuit. I want him to return it, it's not too late."

Assuming that the money was actually spent on overseas online casinos, how is it going to be possible for the young man to return it? Are the casinos going to just issue a refund? This mayor sounds like a buffoon to me. If it is possible that the young man is hiding the money away somewhere, that possibility needs to be thoroughly investigated. (The young man could pay back the money little by little, while keeping the main stash hidden and intact.)

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This gets more and more bizarre 2 or 3 times a day new ideas. It doesn’t seem like anyone knows what happened or what to do. Just firing off ideas. It’s hilarious. And the police, prosecutors aren’t getting involved.

‘if I paid local taxes to these buffoons I’d be more angry at them, they could have given ¥200,000 per household it turns out.

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¥46.3 mill is hardly worth the pickle he is in. I suspect the poor guy has some other issues that clouded his judgment.

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10 yen per month.

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Around 100k per month until retirement not including interest

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now contrite and wants to pay it back "little by little," according to a person familiar with the case.

Japan Inc./Gov loves its sacrificial lambs to take the attention off the incompetent and lazy bureaucrats and the businesses that recapitalized off the taxpayer dole.

He might find himself marked for special treatment by the bureaucratic and legal authorities. .

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He’s only young. I hope he enjoyed his spending spree coz he’ll spend the rest of his life paying it back.

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Japanese TV this afternoon had detail of his payments.... It seems he really did spend all the cash.

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Japanese TV this afternoon had detail of his payments.... It seems he really did spend all the cash.

Jeez, what a top shelf, super premium, platinum level idiot.

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The cost of a fine house,「オンライン カシーノに」I heard.

Well, somebody lost!

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He’s only young. I hope he enjoyed his spending spree coz he’ll spend the rest of his life paying it back.

And you know that will never happen.

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He will declare bankruptcy, or even better:

He will live abroad, were the Japanese law cannot persecute him.

I suspect that all that money is conveniently stored in a cryptowallet.

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He will live abroad, were the Japanese law cannot persecute him.

If they found him guilty, he'd have criminal record and it'd be difficult to get visa from most countries.

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Japan has extradition treaties with only 2 countries; and only shares criminal records with Korea and U.S.

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If they found him guilty, he'd have criminal record.

Yes he would but it seems that he hasn't actually committed a crime. The police and prosecutors office are not involved in this case.

As I said earlier, Japanese TV has details of his bank account and payments he made from it. The money is GONE!

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He just withdrew funds from his own account

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You gotta appreciate how bad a coincidence this was for the city. With like 99% of the people in this country if they had made this kind of mistake the person would have returned it no problem. But by pure chance they accidentally sent it to the one guy who would gamble it away.

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How can this guy still not be named by the press?!?! This is news, therefore it's in the public interest, therefore he should be named, and shamed. Smgdfh...

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We should name and shame the city official that did the mistake.

This young citizen just did what any of us would: Hold what he got.

No shame on that.

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Does anyone know his lawyer's name? If I'm ever in any trouble "Get me the missing millions guy".

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*This young citizen just did what any of us would: Hold what he got.*

Speak for yourself. I’d do the honest thing and return it.

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Initially I was thinking Flat-35, Since he used the money in "online-casino" it should be business loan.. LOL

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Most probably he bought Bitcoin...money is gone!

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I suspect that all that money is conveniently stored in a cryptowallet.

You give the guy too much credit.

24 unemployed

I'm guessing he is not the sharpest tool in the box.

I pretty much guess he blew it all at pachinko and online gambling.

If he won one of the jackpots he could have gotten 10mill USD or more and returning the cash would have been like dropping loose change. I imagine an idea like that would have been running through his pea brain.

Any way it doesn't seem to be a crime as he hasn't been arrested I guess you could expect somewhere between 5 - 15% of his income to be used to make a payment each month. Unemployed 15% of 0 is ?

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He will live abroad, were the Japanese law cannot persecute him.

They probably wouldn't let him leave if he tried with his name probably out there on record, criminal complaint yet or not.

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Just as I posted the other day but got thumb down, the idiot did exactly what I thought he would do. He turned himself in saying he no longer has the money! With that said he could possibly go to jail for a few years after paying is lawyer a hefty fee to get him a short sentence. Perhaps his plans is to sit in jail get out and enjoy the money including the interest that he gets from banks where he hid in banks overseas . There is no way he could pay the money back in his life time especially if the city includes interest.

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Sounds like Yamaguchi is going to continue this ploy.

First all the money is given to “some guy.”

Then Yamaguchi magically “gets more funds” to pay the other citizens.

Now “this guy” is gonna start paying back the money?

How much money does Yamaguchi plan to print in 2022?!?

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The idiot officials could have freeze his account before money vanished in two weeks .

Tax payer’s money may cost him.

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Well, he won't have to go to jail as long as "intends to" and follows through with his payments. Wow.

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"Japanese TV says"...so of course it must be true.

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This young citizen just did what any of us would: Hold what he got.

I dunno about you, but if $360,000 just magically appeared in my bank account apropos of nothing, my first reaction would not be “Welp, guess someone really likes me” and then a gambling spree. It’d be on the phone with the cops so fast, it’d make your head spin. Last thing I’d want is my account number attached to that much money from nowhere

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I would transfer all to a cryptowallet and fly to the Seychelles.

Would be living my best life!!

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Didn't they cancel the casino programme because, should they have them, Japanese people might start gambling away large sums of money?

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One other way is to give him more money and give him a chance to win back all his losses, but he doesn't seem to be the lucky sort, does he?

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Let me guess, he plans to earn the money back "little by little'. How? Well gambling naturally.

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ARRESTED!

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@Reynard…

I dunno about you, but if $360,000 just magically appeared in my bank account apropos of nothing, my first reaction would not be “Welp, guess someone really likes me” and then a gambling spree. It’d be on the phone with the cops so fast, it’d make your head spin. Last thing I’d want is my account number attached to that much money from nowhere

Its easier to say this than to actually do it! Money is one thing that humans can’t part with especially such huge amounts!

If you called the J-cops regarding this in Japan you’d probably been detained for questioning and thrown in the detention center without access to legal representation for 21 days. Then you would have been interrogated day and night. Being a foreigner you would have been treated like a criminal and somehow the mistake of the city officials would have been shifted to you! You clearly still don’t know that as a foreigner you better stay away from the Japanese police force as much as possible!

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It won’t go to court as the incompetence in the system may well be exposed.

The fact that the money ‘will be paid back’ confession/ utterance is being made public shows that the detained is being pressured.

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If you were going to use 46 million yen somewhere, there are many better places to risk it than at the casino where the house always wins…

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It won’t go to court as the incompetence in the system may well be exposed.

I'm pretty sure that boat has already sailed.

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