Tokyo cops make another arrest over dating sites with fake AKB48 listings
tokyoreporter.com -- Feb 16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested another executive of a software company whose dating sites are alleged to have defrauded users with fake profiles of celebrities, including former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, reports the Sankei Shimbun.

On Wednesday, police arrested Yuji Fukuda, the 46-year-old president of Free World, based in Shinjuku Ward, on charges of fraud after his arrival at Haneda Airport from South Korea.

Free World operated dating site management company Wing Net, whose employees are alleged to have accessed social-networking services like Facebook to create fabricated profiles of entertainers. Fans were then charged fees to engage in communication through the company's 22 deai-kei matchmaking sites.

In April and May of 2012, a 40-year-old man from Saitama Prefecture was defrauded out of 1.37 million yen to exchange messages with the fake profile of Atsuko Maeda.

Over a two-year period ending in 2012, Win Net collected 11.6 billion yen in revenue, the majority of which, investigators believe, came through fraudulent behavior targeting more than 300,000 persons, according to TV Asahi (Feb. 15).

Police first busted the company in 2013. In September of last year, police arrested Ryosuke Tsuneizumi, the 38-year-old managing director of Free World, on fraud charges. The suspect had fled overseas, but he was apprehended upon his return to Japan. Police have arrested about 30 employees of the company since the start of the investigation, according to Fuji News Network (Feb. 15).

In November of last year, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Fukuda, who had also fled overseas. In January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an order for the return of Fukuda's passport.

元AKB48の前田敦子さんらになりすましてメールをやり取りし、出会い系サイトの利用料をだまし取ったとして、ソフトウェア開発会社の社長の男が逮捕されました。
News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
Nov 23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for molesting a woman inside a carriage of the JR Saikyo Line last year, reports Nippon News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 23
The Japanese Olympic Committee and city of Sapporo announced Wednesday they will enter a dialogue process over a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics. (Japan Today)
Nov 23
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are searching have arrested eight persons, including an organized crime member, in the robbery of gold valued at nearly 100 million yen from a shop in Taito Ward earlier this year, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
Nov 23
A team of Japanese researchers has found a new drug combination that reduces amyloid beta protein, believed to play a key role in causing Alzheimer’s disease, by using stem cells derived from patients, Kyoto University announced Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Nov 23
The Yokohama family court granted a request by a daughter of Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara to nullify her parents' right to inherit her property in the event of her death. (Japan Times)
Nov 23
The government sold land in Osaka to school operator Moritomo Gakuen for a highly discounted price based on faulty data estimating the cost of removing industrial waste left in the plot, a government watchdog on spending concluded in a much-awaited report released Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Nov 22
The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday the wedding ceremony of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and her classmate from university days Kei Komuro will be held on Nov 4 next year. (Japan Today)
Nov 22
Subaru Corp. will introduce a series of all-electric cars in Japan as early as 2021, sources said, as competition intensifies between automakers looking to develop eco-friendly cars in response to stricter global emissions regulations. (Japan Times)
Nov 22
The government will draw up a fiscal 2017 supplementary budget for additional spending of some ¥2 trillion, including for setting up nursery facilities to accept 320,000 children on waiting lists ahead of schedule as pledged by the ruling coalition in the Oct. 22 general election. (Japan Times)
Nov 22
A woman employed as a costumed performer at Tokyo Disneyland was awarded labor compensation after developing a disorder that caused acute pain in her arm, the park's operator said Wednesday. (Kyodo)