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(SoraNews24)   You know that guy who accidentally got 46.3 million yen which was the entire town's COVID-19 relief? He's apparently a ninja as well   (soranews24.com) divider line
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2022-05-14 7:14:27 PM  
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2022-05-14 7:16:13 PM  
obviously.
 
2022-05-14 7:33:22 PM  
"accidentally"
 
2022-05-14 10:37:36 PM  
Ooooo - he's $7 richer than he was last week, big deal.
 
2022-05-14 10:38:35 PM  
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2022-05-14 10:40:06 PM  
How long would that amount last in Thailand?
He only has to hide for 10 years until the lawsuit is invalid.
 
2022-05-14 10:40:55 PM  
$300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.
 
2022-05-14 10:47:06 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: $300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.


He doesn't have to run forever.
He didn't break any law.
They filed a civil suit against him.
If he doesn't show up and payback in 19 years, it's invalid.
From the article:
This left officials in an awkward position legally, since they technically gave him the money through an error and it wasn't exactly stealing in the crystal-clear sense of the crime. They consulted lawyers and law enforcement, and on 12 May finally took action by filing a lawsuit against the man, demanding 51.16 million yen ($397,000) made up of the amount he took plus legal fees.

On the other hand, he still isn't technically being charged with a crime, so maybe the police won't go looking for him. According to a lawyer interviewed by Nikkan Gendai, the lawsuit will go forward in his absence and is pretty much guaranteed to go in the town's favor. However, after 10 years the order to pay damages will become invalid, and essentially he will have gotten away with it if things remain the way they are.
 
2022-05-14 10:47:13 PM  
He flipped out and killed people?
 
2022-05-14 10:48:20 PM  

Thosw: He flipped out and killed people?


Do they have white supremacists in Japan?
 
2022-05-14 10:54:59 PM  

Summoner101: Thosw: He flipped out and killed people?

Do they have white supremacists in Japan?


Kind of. Sort of. It's about 99.9% of the entire country.
 
2022-05-14 10:55:22 PM  

Summoner101: Thosw: He flipped out and killed people?

Do they have white supremacists in Japan?


Sort of but not really the same thing ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_subway_sarin_attack
 
2022-05-14 10:56:13 PM  
From the Milton school of ninja

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2022-05-14 11:10:42 PM  
"This left officials in an awkward position legally, since they technically gave him the money through an error and it wasn't exactly stealing in the crystal-clear sense of the crime."

A crime, no, it was a gift, he took the gift and moved, bye bye.
 
2022-05-14 11:12:29 PM  
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The suspect and his lover at Mt. Fiji.
 
2022-05-14 11:13:42 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: $300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.


You could live ok on that at various locations in South East Asia. It is not 5 star restaurants and private jets rich, but you can get a good home and live comfortably for years and years even if you choose not to work. Live there for 11-12 years until the statute of limitations runs out if you want to go back to Japan or just start a new life.  He is 24, if he doesn't live outrageous it is a hell of a jumpstart to have the equivelent of 360k US without any debt.
 
2022-05-14 11:15:10 PM  
I was really pissed off that this guy did not give the money back. Very bad show. Poor sportsmanship and decidedly un-Japanese.
 
2022-05-14 11:18:46 PM  

Thosw: He flipped out and killed people?


No, ninjas flip in, kill people, then flip out.
 
2022-05-14 11:27:28 PM  

Valter: Summoner101: Thosw: He flipped out and killed people?

Do they have white supremacists in Japan?

Sort of but not really the same thing ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_subway_sarin_attack


Oh there is a rabbit hole. I would refer you to some... village of blue-eyed Japanese? Somebody told me about that once and I just assumed it was something dumb. Another strange mini-cult believes that Jesus, after rising, settled in Japan and lived to a ripe old age or some such. There is probably a cult that believes Japanese are actually the lost tribe, or the real jews, or whatever.

And Aum Shinrikyo, having nothing to do with any of that, was... ??militant nationalist techno-terrorist cult weirdness.??

Japan is full of strange ways of thinking. But in a broad sense, the influence of religion on public life is about...
zero. Or maybe 2%. It is not something people in the US will be criticizing Japan about for quite awhile. What would US politics be like without any involvement of religion? Cue John Lennon.
 
2022-05-14 11:39:27 PM  

Daedalus27: Sum Dum Gai: $300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.

You could live ok on that at various locations in South East Asia. It is not 5 star restaurants and private jets rich, but you can get a good home and live comfortably for years and years even if you choose not to work. Live there for 11-12 years until the statute of limitations runs out if you want to go back to Japan or just start a new life.  He is 24, if he doesn't live outrageous it is a hell of a jumpstart to have the equivelent of 360k US without any debt.


Sure. I think a lot of people think like this.

Do people see how perfectly reasonable yet uncivilized this is?

From the time you are 24 until you retire, you might build a life and a family, start a business, get an education, contribute to your community, earn millions of dollars, support your children and parents and live a decent life.

Or you can spend the first 10 years on the lam, live in the shadows, dodge your responsibilities, and then try to put it back together once everyone stops looking for you.

But Japan functions on a national registry system, so changing one's identity and then moving on to take a place in responsible society is almost impossible.

This 24 year old is making an awful mistake: he is selling himself short.


/ Fargo: "all for a little bit of money."
 
2022-05-14 11:44:35 PM  

Summoner101: [encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 251x201]


Real ninjas don't have to depend on jpg to be difficult to spot.
 
2022-05-14 11:48:34 PM  

2fardownthread: Daedalus27: Sum Dum Gai: $300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.

You could live ok on that at various locations in South East Asia. It is not 5 star restaurants and private jets rich, but you can get a good home and live comfortably for years and years even if you choose not to work. Live there for 11-12 years until the statute of limitations runs out if you want to go back to Japan or just start a new life.  He is 24, if he doesn't live outrageous it is a hell of a jumpstart to have the equivelent of 360k US without any debt.

Sure. I think a lot of people think like this.

Do people see how perfectly reasonable yet uncivilized this is?

From the time you are 24 until you retire, you might build a life and a family, start a business, get an education, contribute to your community, earn millions of dollars, support your children and parents and live a decent life.

Or you can spend the first 10 years on the lam, live in the shadows, dodge your responsibilities, and then try to put it back together once everyone stops looking for you.

But Japan functions on a national registry system, so changing one's identity and then moving on to take a place in responsible society is almost impossible.

This 24 year old is making an awful mistake: he is selling himself short.


/ Fargo: "all for a little bit of money."


Again, it isn't a criminal act, they can't deny him reentry, it is a civil matter. He isn't going to have to live in the shadows, he will be able to travel, even to Japan as he has his passport.  Yes, banking may be tough and he would have to be careful to avoid having the money siezed, but this isn't the case where he is a bank robber looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

He shouldn't have done this. He wasn't entitled to the money. However if you have a 24 year old with marginal prospects (as is probably seen by his going to a rural village for a free house), it is understandable he sees that balance in his bank account and decides to move on. Sitting on a beach somewhere, find an attractive partner, and enjoy life doesn't sound too bad to me.
 
2022-05-14 11:52:40 PM  

2fardownthread: Daedalus27: Sum Dum Gai: $300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.

You could live ok on that at various locations in South East Asia. It is not 5 star restaurants and private jets rich, but you can get a good home and live comfortably for years and years even if you choose not to work. Live there for 11-12 years until the statute of limitations runs out if you want to go back to Japan or just start a new life.  He is 24, if he doesn't live outrageous it is a hell of a jumpstart to have the equivelent of 360k US without any debt.

Sure. I think a lot of people think like this.

Do people see how perfectly reasonable yet uncivilized this is?

From the time you are 24 until you retire, you might build a life and a family, start a business, get an education, contribute to your community, earn millions of dollars, support your children and parents and live a decent life.

Or you can spend the first 10 years on the lam, live in the shadows, dodge your responsibilities, and then try to put it back together once everyone stops looking for you.

But Japan functions on a national registry system, so changing one's identity and then moving on to take a place in responsible society is almost impossible.

This 24 year old is making an awful mistake: he is selling himself short.


/ Fargo: "all for a little bit of money."


You forget that it's only $360k. That won't go far or last long. I bet he blows it in a month then turns himself in since he's out of options
 
2022-05-14 11:56:38 PM  
Something to listen to while reading the article.
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2022-05-15 12:14:49 AM  

2fardownthread: Daedalus27: Sum Dum Gai: $300k isn't chump change, but it isn't "live the rest of your life on the run" money, either.  What an idiot.

You could live ok on that at various locations in South East Asia. It is not 5 star restaurants and private jets rich, but you can get a good home and live comfortably for years and years even if you choose not to work. Live there for 11-12 years until the statute of limitations runs out if you want to go back to Japan or just start a new life.  He is 24, if he doesn't live outrageous it is a hell of a jumpstart to have the equivelent of 360k US without any debt.

Sure. I think a lot of people think like this.

Do people see how perfectly reasonable yet uncivilized this is?

From the time you are 24 until you retire, you might build a life and a family, start a business, get an education, contribute to your community, earn millions of dollars, support your children and parents and live a decent life.

Or you can spend the first 10 years on the lam, live in the shadows, dodge your responsibilities, and then try to put it back together once everyone stops looking for you.

But Japan functions on a national registry system, so changing one's identity and then moving on to take a place in responsible society is almost impossible.

This 24 year old is making an awful mistake: he is selling himself short.


/ Fargo: "all for a little bit of money."


I hear you about Japan, but the world is bigger than Japan and going off-grid is true freedom.

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$300,000 over 10 years is $30,000/year. If one works or invests (you should), it could last a lot longer. One could live very, very, nice on a poor island (pick a non Hawaiian or Japanese island) on $30k a year. It should take about 10 years to bang all the natives and make your own small village of children and then you'd re-emerge with your own small army. Win-win
 
2022-05-15 12:23:11 AM  
If the police can track individuals in a crowd of thousands using surveillance cameras,

Since they definitively cannot do this, he's probably safe.

... well, all right, he's not even slightly safe, but it's because the source of the money is a farking bank error so the crime is directly tied to his legal identity.  It has nothing to do with Japan somehow switching their IT department from a government agency of tech professionals to a farking bearded wizard from Middle Earth casting spells over a palantir.

// While in theory a false identity is an option, realistically getting away with this would require a fake ID and getting out of the country.  Possible, but it's gonna burn a decent chunk of that money since it's unlikely he actually had everything lined up to do that before the windfall.

// Frankly if this guy was in his mid-20s and still stuck in public housing away from any actual viable job market, I totally get why he'd consider fugitive status a fair trade for a few years of free income.  You think a guy who'd been farking rehoused by the government once already was going to get a good education and a comfy white-collar job that'd secure his retirement in the next decade if he gave the money back?  fark no.  It'll still probably a bad long-term call, but not remotely as unambiguously or by as large a margin as y'all seem to think.
 
2022-05-15 12:44:58 AM  
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2022-05-15 12:48:22 AM  
Let me guess, he's the guy on the right...

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2022-05-15 12:50:56 AM  
I guess I have to post it or you young'ins won't get the reference.
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2022-05-15 12:59:27 AM  
Surprised this isn't a crime in Jspan
In most if not all US states it's unjust enrichment
 
2022-05-15 1:50:30 AM  

2fardownthread: Valter: Summoner101: Thosw: He flipped out and killed people?

Do they have white supremacists in Japan?

Sort of but not really the same thing ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_subway_sarin_attack

Oh there is a rabbit hole. I would refer you to some... village of blue-eyed Japanese? Somebody told me about that once and I just assumed it was something dumb. Another strange mini-cult believes that Jesus, after rising, settled in Japan and lived to a ripe old age or some such. There is probably a cult that believes Japanese are actually the lost tribe, or the real jews, or whatever.

And Aum Shinrikyo, having nothing to do with any of that, was... ??militant nationalist techno-terrorist cult weirdness.??

Japan is full of strange ways of thinking. But in a broad sense, the influence of religion on public life is about...
zero. Or maybe 2%. It is not something people in the US will be criticizing Japan about for quite awhile. What would US politics be like without any involvement of religion? Cue John Lennon.


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Another strange mini-cult believes that Jesus, after rising, settled in Japan and lived to a ripe old age or some such

Oh, that happy horse sh*t. I really have to go there and discover for myself if locals actually believe that sh*t or it's just for the tourists.
 
2022-05-15 8:03:12 AM  
""... put all of their account information on a floppy disk "

Well, there's your problem.

/ Maybe not THE problem but A problem
 
2022-05-15 8:38:06 AM  
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