News On Japan

Court Upholds Kishu Don Juan's Will to Donate Entire Estate to City

Wakayama, Jun 21 (News On Japan) - In a significant ruling regarding the estate of businessman 'Kishu Don Juan,' the court declared on Friday the will, which states that his 1.3 billion yen estate be donated entirely to the city, to be valid. Relatives had contested the will's validity, but the court dismissed their claims.

Kosuke Nozaki, a wealthy businessman from Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, amassed his fortune through various ventures, including money lending and alcohol wholesale. Nozaki, who was 74 at the time of his death, was known for keeping large amounts of cash and precious metals at his home.

In a 2016 autobiography, Nozaki claimed to have dated 4,000 women and spent 3 billion yen on them, earning him the nickname 'Kishu Don Juan' after a womanizing character from Spanish literature. Despite his flamboyant lifestyle, he faced several troubles.

Two years before his death, Nozaki reported that 60 million yen worth of cash and precious metals were stolen by a female acquaintance. The following year, he was robbed of 40 million yen in valuables, although the perpetrator was quickly apprehended.

In 2018, Nozaki made headlines again when he married Saki Sudo, a model 55 years his junior. Just three and a half months later, Nozaki was found dead at his home from acute stimulant poisoning. Sudo has been arrested and charged with his murder, though the criminal trial has not yet commenced.

Alongside the criminal proceedings, another legal battle was fought over Nozaki's estate. The dispute centered on a will, written in red ink on A4-sized paper, stating: 'I donate all my personal property to Tanabe City. Kosuke Nozaki.'

Nozaki's relatives argued the handwriting was unnatural and that there was no rational motive for the donation to Tanabe City, claiming the will was not authored by Nozaki and thus invalid.

Wakayama District Court ruled on June 21 against the relatives, declaring the will valid. The court found that the handwriting bore Nozaki's unique characteristics, concluding there were no irregularities. Furthermore, the court noted that Nozaki had a history of making donations to Tanabe City and had expressed his intention to continue doing so, deeming the will consistent with his past actions. Tanabe City's claim was thus upheld.

A Tanabe City official expressed relief at the verdict, stating, 'It was a long trial, but we are relieved. We plan to use the funds for administrative activities that benefit the entire community.'

Residents of Tanabe City shared mixed reactions. One resident said, 'If it was his wish, it's good for the city to receive the donation,' while another added, 'The amount is too large to comprehend. I hope it will be used effectively.'

Attention now turns to how Nozaki's relatives will respond to the ruling.

Related: 'Don Juan' Inheritance Sparks Legal Battle

Source: TBS

News On Japan

Three people who went missing after a landslide in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, have been found, though their condition is yet to be confirmed.

To address the severe aviation fuel shortage in Japan, a new initiative has been launched as part of an emergency response formulated by the public and private sectors.

Dogo Onsen in Ehime has reopened after five and a half years of renovations. Some people waited as long as eight hours to be the first to take a bath.

A compliance training session for host clubs in Tokyo's Kabukicho district was conducted in response to a series of "urikake" problems, where malicious host clubs saddled customers with exorbitant debts.

A Japanese man detained in Myanmar over the sale price of rice has been charged and will face trial on Friday, July 12.



A 26-year-old policeman in Osaka has been arrested and indicted for sexually assaulting a girl in his car, knowing that she was under 16 years old.

A kebab shop in Shibuya's Center-gai has fallen victim to theft, with the arrested of five individuals, including a former employee.

A 37-year-old man arrested for entering a women's bath in Nagoya, has denied his intention was to see naked women.

A survey on pet names has revealed that 'Mugi' is the most popular name for both dogs and cats. According to the 2023 Pet Name Ranking conducted by pet insurance company Aipet Insurance, the top names for male and female dogs have been 'Leo' and 'Coco' respectively for nine consecutive years.

A theft group has been arrested for stealing sports cars and luxury vehicles in the Kanto region. The losses amount to over 300 cars, valued at approximately 780 million yen.

A 20-something Chinese woman who went missing while swimming in the sea off Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, was miraculously rescued 36 hours later. On the morning of July 10th at around 8 a.m., she was found by a cargo ship approximately 80 kilometers away, off the coast of Minamiboso City, Chiba Prefecture, with a floating ring.

A local taxi in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, narrowly escaped falling debris as dashcam footage shows the road ahead collapsing following record-breaking heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

Japan's Imperial Family, including Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Princess Kako, gathered for a special music concert to celebrate the 90th birthdays of former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Also in attendance were Sayako Kuroda and other family members.