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    Posted by arudou debito on April 7th, 2012

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    Hi Blog. Chalk this one up to the idiocracy that springs up whenever unquestioned hegemonic discourse (i.e., “foreigners commit crime”) in a society leads to too much giving the benefit of the doubt. We have some Japanese guy (a junior high school teacher, no less) repeatedly “losing” his luggage while traveling and then successfully getting insurance paid out on it due to claims of “thefts by foreigners”. (The idiot did it with enough frequency that cops became suspicious because they remembered his claims.)

    Frauds and blaming foreigners are nothing new. I wrote a whole Japan Times column in 2007 on how foreigners have been targets of a “Blame Game” for many years now. But often it goes beyond comical. We have a trucker in 2004 who overslept his appointment and then formally blamed it on being kidnapped by foreigners. We have a bosozoku biker gang that same year who killed somebody and tried to blame it on a foreign gang.  And we have murder suspects in 2006 who tried to blame a homicide on a lurking “blond man” (in a city with very few foreigners to boot).

    Clearly the “foreign crime wave” which was fabricated by Tokyo Gov. Ishihara from 2000 has cast a long shadow. As submitter Becky says, “No wonder they get microaggressive, look at all the crime we commit!” Arudou Debito

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    Police nab man for allegedly claiming theft of non-existent luggage
    Mainichi Japan April 05, 2012, courtesy of Becky
    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120405p2a00m0na011000c.html
    (no Japanese version found)

    OSAKA — A man was arrested here on April 4 for allegedly reporting a non-existent bag stolen at Kansai International Airport and claiming insurance money for it.

    Satoshi Kita, a 39-year-old junior high school teacher, received a 236,433-yen travel insurance payout after claiming his bag containing a laptop computer and other items had been stolen by a foreign couple near the airport train station on Aug. 4 last year, when he returned from a trip to Taiwan. An officer with the Osaka Prefectural Police’s Kansai airport station who remembered Kita’s original theft report became suspicious of his claims after reviewing airport security camera footage that showed Kita had not been carrying the bag in question.

    “It’s absolutely true that I submitted a fake theft report,” Kita was quoted as telling police.

    Police also suspect Kita may have pulled the same trick on four other occasions, including an August 2006 incident in which he claimed his overnight bag had been stolen from a bench while he was giving directions to a foreigner, for which he claimed 320,000 yen in insurance benefits. He has also filed theft claims at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and in Seoul.
    ENDS

    16 Responses to “Mainichi: JHS teacher arrested for defrauding insurance companies by repeatedly claiming his luggage was stolen by foreigners!”

    1. B Says:

      Please don’t tell me there is no Japanese version of this article AGAIN? :/

    2. Olaf Says:

      He should get punished for insurance fraud (jail plus loosing his job) AND for hate speech.

    3. Odorikakeru Says:

      @B
      A quick search came up with the local edition of Yomiuri – osaka.yomiuri.co.jp/e-news/20120405-OYO1T00366.htm
      And a few others – https://news.google.com/news/story?q=%E4%B8%AD%E5%AD%A6%E6%A0%A1%E3%80%80%E8%A9%90%E6%AC%BA&hl=ja&safe=active&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=632&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ncl=dxVoxaNROPb0dwMWVNPq8WyDNzflM&ei=2Yd_T9FijO-YBbHjoYEI&sa=X&oi=news_result&ct=more-results&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQqgIwAA

      From a Japanese perspective this is a pretty minor story. I guess a lot of people don’t even realise the effect this has on the NJ community.

      中学教諭が海外保険金詐取…大阪府警、容疑で逮捕
      http://osaka.yomiuri.co.jp/e-news/20120405-OYO1T00366.htm
       海外旅行保険で虚偽の保険金申請をし、保険会社から約24万円をだまし取ったとして、大阪府警関西空港署は4日、奈良県葛城市疋田、同県橿原市立光陽中学校教諭、喜多聡容疑者(39)を詐欺容疑で逮捕した。「間違いありません」と容疑を認めている。ほかに5件分計約180万円の保険金を受け取っており、同署は関連を調べる。

       発表によると、喜多容疑者は台湾旅行から帰国直後の昨年8月中旬、「(帰宅途中に)南海電鉄・関空駅前でノートパソコンなどが入ったバッグを盗まれた」と虚偽申請し、保険会社に約24万円を振り込ませた疑い。保険金は通常、自宅を出てから帰宅までの間の被害に対し、支払われる。喜多容疑者は、「外国人に道順を聞かれている間に、バッグがなくなった」と被害届も提出。同署が、防犯カメラの映像を確認したところ、バッグを持っておらず、外国人とも接触していなかった。

      (2012年4月5日 読売新聞)

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      保険金詐取容疑で中学教諭を逮捕 大阪府警
      2012/4/5 9:20 日本経済新聞
      http://www.nikkei.com/news/category/article/g=96958A9C93819695E2E6E2E68B8DE2E7E2E6E0E2E3E09191E2E2E2E2;at=ALL
       虚偽の盗難被害を申告して海外旅行の保険金約24万円をだまし取ったとして、大阪府警関西空港署は4日、奈良県橿原市立光陽中学校教諭、喜多聡容疑者(39)=同県葛城市疋田=を詐欺容疑で逮捕した。

       逮捕容疑は台湾旅行からの帰国後の昨年8月、「関西空港周辺で外国人に道を教えている間にノートパソコンなどが入ったバッグを盗まれた」と保険会社に虚偽申告し、保険金約23万6千円を詐取した疑い。

       喜多容疑者から盗難の被害届を受理した同署が空港などの防犯カメラを確認。そもそもバッグを持っていなかったことが判明したという。同容疑者は他にも同様の被害届を昨年までの5年間で計5回出し、保険金約180万円を受け取っており、同署は関連を調べる。

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      中学教諭が保険金詐取、余罪数回か記事を印刷する
      日刊スポーツ  [2012年4月4日19時3分]
      http://www.nikkansports.com/general/news/f-gn-tp0-20120404-928755.html

       海外旅行の保険金約24万円をだまし取ったとして、大阪府警関西空港署は4日、詐欺の疑いで奈良県葛城市、同県橿原市立光陽中学校教諭、喜多聡容疑者(39)を逮捕した。

       逮捕容疑は「関西空港で外国人に道を教えている間にバッグを盗まれた」と虚偽の申請をし、昨年8月29日、保険会社から保険金約24万円をだまし取った疑い。

       同署によると、喜多容疑者は旅行先の台湾から戻った昨年8月4日、同署に被害届を提出。同署が防犯カメラを確認したが、そもそも盗まれたとされるバッグを持っていなかった。

       喜多容疑者はこれまでに数回、海外旅行の保険金を受けとっており、同署は経緯を調べるとしている。(共同)

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      「荷物盗難」と保険金詐取=中学教諭逮捕-大阪府警
      時事通信 (2012/04/04-18:24)
      http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2012040400767
       空港で荷物を盗まれたとうその被害届を出し、損害保険金をだまし取ったとして、大阪府警関西空港署は4日、詐欺容疑で奈良県葛城市疋田、同県橿原市立光陽中学校の教諭喜多聡容疑者(39)を逮捕した。容疑を認めているという。
       逮捕容疑は昨年8月4日、関空でパソコンやデジタルカメラが入ったバッグを盗まれたと同署に虚偽の申告をし、同29日、損保会社から約23万円を詐取した疑い。(2012/04/04-18:24)

      – Thanks for digging these up.

    4. Bill Says:

      B: I managed to find the criminal’s name in Japanese, and from there you can google for news articles in Japanese:
      喜多聡 荷物 空港

      For example:
      http://www.nikkei.com/news/latest/article/g=96958A9C93819695E2E6E2E68B8DE2E7E2E6E0E2E3E09191E2E2E2E2
      http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20120404-00000115-jij-soci

      「荷物盗難」と保険金詐取=中学教諭逮捕―大阪府警
      2012年4月4日 18時22分 エキサイトニュース
      http://www.excite.co.jp/News/society_g/20120404/Jiji_20120404X451.html
       空港で荷物を盗まれたとうその被害届を出し、損害保険金をだまし取ったとして、大阪府警関西空港署は4日、詐欺容疑で奈良県葛城市疋田、同県橿原市立光陽中学校の教諭喜多聡容疑者(39)を逮捕した。容疑を認めているという。
       逮捕容疑は昨年8月4日、関空でパソコンやデジタルカメラが入ったバッグを盗まれたと同署に虚偽の申告をし、同29日、損保会社から約23万円を詐取した疑い。 

      Certainly not going to make the headlines though.

      I wonder, does saying that the criminals were foreign make the lies more credible? I’m surprised more bank and convenient store robbers don’t put on a fake accent when carrying out their crimes.

      – They have. Just found this one from the Mainichi from July 19, 2000: “Gang eluded cops by using foreign accents.”

    5. Daniel Says:

      He was traveling overseas. Who’s he going to blame it on? Foreign Japanese criminals? That wouldn’t be very plausible.

    6. Anonymous Says:

      Nope Daniel, each time he claimed the bags were stolen in JAPAN (e.g. Kansai Airport) so there is no excuse.

    7. Jim Di Griz Says:

      The shame of it all is that since the police themselves are from childhood socially conditioned to believe that NJ are responsible for the majority of crimes, whilst this may cause some gasps of astonishment from J-readers, the reason the man was able to commit the fraud is precisely because Japanese believe that NJ are responsible for most crimes in the first place.
      My dollars worth; that in order to make this kind of fraudulent claim impossible in future, the J-police will announce a fresh anti-foreign crime campaign. Elections are coming this year, let’s see how much is made of ‘protecting Japan’ from foreign ‘influences’.
      When the primary role of the police is to protect social myths rather than enforce the law, what other outcome could you reasonably expect?

      – Well, at least the police in this case (and in others I linked to) were suspicious enough of the claims made to investigate further, and uncover the frauds and frame-ups; gotta give ‘em that.

    8. J.J. Says:

      Just funny, and no surprise…..A JHS teacher (public servant) with no worldly knowledge, still believes his crimes will be absolved if he cries “foreigner’s fault!” Goes to show the lack of education on his part as a human being, and as people are waking up to this, it is an embarrassment on the society that this should be given publicity (in Japanese news) if it doesn’t show the stupidity and low depths people are willing to sink in order to hide their crimes.

    9. Andrew in Saitama Says:

      Just skimming through the articles that have been posted, I notice that none of them present Kita as blaming foreigners for the thefts.

    10. Anonymous Says:

      Nope Andrew, it clearly says right there in the first Japanese version posted 喜多容疑者は、「外国人に道順を聞かれている間に、バッグがなくなった」と被害届も提出。(Yomiuri)

      And in the second Japanese version posted 「関西空港周辺で外国人に道を教えている間にノートパソコンなどが入ったバッグを盗まれた」と保険会社に虚偽申告し (Nikkei)

      And in the third Japanese version posted 逮捕容疑は「関西空港で外国人に道を教えている間にバッグを盗まれた」と虚偽の申請をし (Nikkan Sports)

      Yes, the 4th and 5th Japanese versions posted don’t mention the fact that Kita blamed it on foreigners, but still, the initial English version posted at the top of this thread clearly says he blamed foreigners, and the first three Japanese versions posted right after that says he blamed foreigners, so c’mon now, let’s not waste time denying what the guy did.

    11. Jim Di Griz Says:

      @Debito (re:#7)
      This is true, at least the J-police actually realized there was a pattern of behavior. This really does represent an leap forward in J-police methodology.

      @JJ #8
      I got no problem with the papers reporting the fact that the man had claimed he was robbed by foreigners in order to carry out an act of fraud. What is distressing is that none of the newspapers actual then go on to say anything along the lines of challenging the Japanese cultural myth that foreigners commit all the crimes in Japan. The act of not challenging this myth in the first place is precisely what enabled this man to commit the same act of fraud over and over again without being suspected.
      We should add this case to the ‘Myth of Japanese Honesty’ , right alongside centenarian pension fraud.

    12. Scipio Says:

      Anonymous Says:
      April 8th, 2012 at 3:02 pm
      Nope Andrew, it clearly says right there in the first Japanese version posted

      Obviously Andrew finds it easier to read Tepido, than he does Japanese, where the same silly claim was made.

    13. Andrew in Saitama Says:

      Nope, Andrew does not read Tepido.
      Andrew was merely pointing out that the Japanese versions state that:
      「外国人に道順を聞かれている間に、バッグがなくなった」,
      「関西空港周辺で外国人に道を教えている間にノートパソコンなどが入ったバッグを盗まれた」and
      「関西空港で外国人に道を教えている間にバッグを盗まれた」
      which put Kita as talking to a foreigner when his bag was stolen.

      This is important from a Debito perspective because the respective articles fail to point out that Kita blamed NJ for the alleged crime. The Japanese language ones rely on the reader to make that connection/assumption (which I admit would probably be the default setting for a lot of their readers)

      I am NOT taking swipes at anyone except the Japanese press for the holes in their reporting. The guy made fraudulant claims, used the NJ blame game and got caught. The J press version removes step 2.

    14. Anonymous Says:

      Ah, interesting Andrew. Now I see what you mean. Those quotes cause us to INFER that the foreigner asking directions was working together with the person who took the bag, and also to INFER that the person who took the bag was also a foreigner (a two-person foreigner team using the directions-distraction technique, just like the posters at the ATMs in Japan warning Japanese not to trust big-nosed people who say “you dropped something.”) You’re right Andrew, the quotes don’t specifically state “the bags were taken by foreigners” per-se.

      But even though the papers aren’t saying so, Kita MUST have given the police a description of the person who took the bag, while being distracted by a foreigner. Now we enter the realm of yet unknown, but chances are Kita said, “The guy who ran away with my bag, just like the guy asking me directions, was taller than average: he looked like a foreigner.”

      – Anyhoo, we know through the clearer English version that Kita was arrested for fraud and that fraud involved falsely blaming theft of his personal effects on NJ.

    15. Anonymous Says:

      Good point Debito, “stolen by a foreign couple” Mainichi stated the situation absolutely clearly.

      So, as you and Andrew pointed out, the English version was clear, the Japanese version was vague.

      And yes, they should have added, “Japanese citizens commit more crimes per person than foreigners do.”

    16. Jim Di Griz Says:

      With all the nit-picking going on about whether Kita was asked for directions by a foreigner, rather than claiming that he was robbed by a foreigner, a rather basic point is being overlooked, namely; Japan is such an exclusionist country that ‘looking non-Japanese’ automatically qualifies you as;
      a) a ‘gaijin’, (even though Debito is proof that this logic is flawed), and;
      b) that in Japan, just the word of a Japanese is proof enough, in the minds of the J-police (it was only because one individual cop remembered Kita that the J-police even bothered to check the airport surveillance footage for the first time!).
      c) Kita was distracted because he was ‘helping a foreigner’. Gee, why didn’t the police ever think about trying to track down any of these witnesses? Was it because the J-police automatically assume NJ must be complicit in the crime, or because the J-police are embarrassed that should they actually find Kita’s mythical NJ, they don’t have the English skills to interview the witness? Don’t they have interpreters for that sort of thing? Why didn’t the police review any of the security footage (prior to the last incident) in order to try and even identify the NJ that Kita was helping? I would suggest that it was because that the very suggestion that NJ may be involved is a ‘case-closed’ for the J-keystone cops.

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