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50-year-old man arrested for swindling ¥10 mil from women in ‘sugar daddy' scam

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 50-year-old man for allegedly swindling several women out of more than 10 million yen.

Police said Toshiyuki Kamikura, of no fixed address or occupation, pretended to be an intermediary for a papa-katsu, or “sugar daddy,” agency that arranges for young women to engage in compensated dating with older men, Sankei Shimbun reported. Kamikura conned the victims into paying a deposit and told them there would be cancellation fees. However, he never introduced the women to any men.

Kamikura, who was arrested this week, is accused of swindling 1.3 million yen from one woman in her 30s between March and April in 2019 after meeting her on a social networking site.

The woman was quoted by police as saying, “When we decided to meet, Kamikura treated me to a meal, and I ended up trusting him from the beginning. He asked me to pay a deposit, which I did, but he never arranged for me to go on a date with any wealthy benefactor.”

Police believe Kamikura swindled more than 10 million yen from multiple women.

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oh, the irony !

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The woman was quoted by police as saying, “When we decided to meet, Kamikura treated me to a meal, and I ended up trusting him from the beginning. He asked me to pay a deposit, which I did, but he never arranged for me to go on a date with any wealthy benefactor.”

I have these emails from a Nigerian prince. Maybe I could introduce him to her?

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These women basically paid money to a pimp to find them a steady John.

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"compensated dating" - that usually means prostitution, which is illegal. I assume the women were arrested as well.

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Well, what used to be termed “escort” work, at least.

These women are cynical in the extreme so I am not entirely sympathetic. Question is, did Kamikura sample the merchandise?

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No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

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He asked me to pay a deposit, which I did, but he never arranged for me to go on a date with any wealthy benefactor.”

Now I ain't saying she a gold digger, but she doesn't seem to be messing with any broke fellas.

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No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

Did you read the article? The swindler was a man. I think you commented on the wrong article.

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I nominate Toshiyuki Kamikura for PIMP of the Year award. LOL

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tooheysnew - oh, the irony !

Well said mate ;)

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Greedy people scamming other greedy people.

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What’s the origin? is this wasei-eigo for “papa’s cut”? a ‘broker”? a ‘bookie’ ?

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Normally it's the guy getting swindled

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No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

How so? The men know what they are getting and pay anyway. Which is usually just going out to lunch, etc. Much better than selling your body.

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Not always so @factchecker!

There was a ‘Crime’ story just yesterday: Japanese sports co. Alpen Chairman Mizuno strangled, robbed his victim of ¥100000 and kept her driver’s lic. on his way out.

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He must be a clever and charismatic fellow. Imagine if he put his efforts into a real job, he would be rich.

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Many dating agencies require a fee (even online agencies), there are all kinds of agencies, Russian women, Christians, sex only, marriage, so what's wrong with a sugar daddy one? Why the criticisms? Both parties are aware of what they're getting.

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Sorry, @Reckless: He’s over 50. In Japan, his future career choices are dismal.Clever & charismatic’, he tried to go ‘the independent route’ by being ‘a broker’. So, he should put his efforts ‘on fulfilling his side of the contracts’.

On topic, can anyone, please explain the origin of the term ‘papa-Katsu’?

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On topic, can anyone, please explain the origin of the term ‘papa-Katsu’?

就活

婚活

パパ活

Look up the first two and you will understand the third.

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No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

Best comment of the day!

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I suspect there is actually a legal way of doing this.

There are modelling agencies in Japan that ask you to pay quite hefty registration fees with some basic photography and profile production thrown in. They also charge monthly fees for modelling lessons. There is no guarantee you will ever get any work. The guy could have done the same, created a modeling or talent agency, as a front for papa katsu. I guess it would be much harder for the ladies to claim fraud if the guy has provided something, even something rudimentary.

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Hahaha, too funny!!!

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@performingmonkey: Don’t want to chance opening the wrong internet page ‘on a work computer’ in an ‘open office environment’. Can you explain it in Engrish for the foreign readers.

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The kanji for katsu means "activities" and is already widely understood in expressions that literally translate to "job finding activities" and "marriage partner finding activities". To refer to finding a sugar daddy in the same way is a pun, but one which most Japanese speakers will get. "Papa" in Japan means "daddy", and not automatically "sugar daddy", but the context that someone is looking for one will get the message across.

(Most puns are rubbish once you explain them, and this one is no different)

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For those who hate desperate people trying to survive...

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kohakuebisu has already kindly explained it well enough but here's a bit more

就活 (shū-katsu) is short for 就職活動 (shūshoku-katsudō), which means job hunting (activities), particularly those engaged in by college students in seeking employment after graduation.

It has since gone on to spawn various other, often frivolous ~活 (-katsu),

such as the abovementioned 婚活 (kon-katsu) from 結婚 (kekkon = marriage) and the papa-katsu of this article.

The Japanese love coming up with variations on terms like this, such as all the various ~ハラ (-hara) that came after セクハラ (sekuhara) sexual harassment.

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Thank you both, @kohakuebisu & @PerformingMonkey. Enlightening. You are both quite the Japanoligists/japonophiles??

So, could we put them together: 就活 (shū-katsu) with ハラ (-hara) to describe “sexual harassment of job-seeking females”? And, are there ‘papa-katsu’ that prey on victims for that, too?

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Look lady, if you're PAYING to meet a sugar daddy, you're not doing it right.

Or you don't have what it takes to lure a sugar daddy.

All they had to do was think for just one second............wait, I have to PAY to get a guy to pay for me??? 1+1 is..........hmmmmmmmm.

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Did you read the article? The swindler was a man. I think you commented on the wrong article.

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My best score this year at making a comment people didn't like.

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Thank you both, @kohakuebisu & @PerformingMonkey. Enlightening. You are both quite the Japanoligists/japonophiles??

Or, they live in and speak Japanese. At least, that's why I know those words. Maybe you don't realize that many of the posters here have lived in Japan for years and even decades.

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Joking aside...We’re all well aware of Your efforts to usually be ‘positive & supportive comments’ toward Japan, & its resident foreigners. https://rikiweb.com/category/have-your-say/what-do-think-

Sincerely, a fan. (Btw: was one of your +’s @8:50am.). Have a great day.

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Oh! Boy.

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Euro Dude

No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

Seriously?? You are unaware that compensating youth and attractiveness with wealth is as old as humankind? Do you George Soros 18 year old brazilian model girlfriend loves the guy because he is so handsome?

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shogun36

Look lady, if you're PAYING to meet a sugar daddy, you're not doing it right.

Exactly. Plenty of sugar daddy sites out there, but of course it is the daddys who pay not the women. The victims were gullible.

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This story I find to be Funny, Why would a women need someone to arrange for her to meet a rich older guy ??

It" so easy for women to meet and pick-up guys Rich or Poor without having to pay money. Women keep your money where it belongs in your pocket.

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Doesn't get much more ironic than that. Well deserved on the women, and I guess on his guy for scamming them.

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Many scams going on in the world. From Usa.Europe Asia , Australia, Malaysia and even Doha.

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I wish he weren't a dot-con artist but true artist.

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StrangerlandFeb. 12  08:50 am JST

No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

Did you read the article? The swindler was a man. I think you commented on the wrong article.

Did you read the article? The "victim" was a woman trying to find men who will pay her for sex.

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StrangerlandToday  08:50 am JST

No sympathy at all for those kind of women. They are worst than prostitutes and escorts.

Did you read the article? The swindler was a man. I think you commented on the wrong article

Euro Dude read the article, but evidently you did not.  That’s what happens with your binary thinking.  Depending on the situation, the women swindled can be (but maybe not always) worse than prostitutes and escorts because they would just be using the rich papa-katsu, probably bleeding the papa-katsu for as much as they can over time, maybe even after the papa-katsu lost their spouse, thus, extremely lonely.  So the swindlers (the women) were swindled themselves. It goes both ways sometimes.

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Quite the victim blaming going on in this thread. Wouldn’t be a JT thread without blanket misogyny.

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That’s what happens with your binary thinking. Depending on the situation, the women swindled can be (but maybe not always) worse than prostitutes and escorts because they would just be using the rich papa-katsu, probably bleeding the papa-katsu for as much as they can over time, maybe even after the papa-katsu lost their spouse, thus, extremely lonely. So the swindlers (the women) were swindled themselves. It goes both ways sometimes.

Hmm, the article doesn't say anything about these women being swindlers, so what are you talking about? Talk about victim blaming, sheesh.

Also, seeing as you claimed these women were swindlers, even though it doesn't say so in the article, it would appear you should probably take your own advice:

read the article, but evidently you did not.

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Did you read the article? The "victim" was a woman trying to find men who will pay her for sex.

Men who were trying to pay them for sex. That's not a scam, that's a transaction.

You guys are clearly blaming the victim.

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