The man who got the whole city’s COVID-19 money out of jail and changed lives

A story from rags to riches to rags to internet fame.

Everyone probably remembers the incident earlier this year in which a single man accidentally received an amount of COVID-19 relief money equal to that intended for each citizen of the city of Abu, prefecture of Yamaguchi. After discovering the 46.3 million yen (US$345,000) in his bank account, Sho Taguchi very soon started betting almost all of it on an online casino, then disappeared for a while.

While a lawyer cleverly managed to recover most of the money from the city government, Taguchi was still charged with fraudulent use of a computer and has been in jail ever since.

However, on August 1, he was released on bail and had a memorable walk from the police stationduring which he appeared to have done an impromptu Cousin It cosplay.

▼ Yes, a strong wind was blowing that day… the wind of change!

Taguchi later explained that while people in prison get their hair cut, such a luxury is not available in prison, so his hair got a little out of control during his two and a half months in prison.

Nonetheless, he was a free man at the time and released a statement through his lawyer which read, “I’m so sorry for causing a lot of people trouble with my actions. After my release on bail, I will work and pay back the money I took, little by little.

That just leaves the question of how he might pay bail and who will hire an alleged fraudster who has made international headlines. The answer to these two questions is: Hikaru.

Hikaru is a hugely popular YouTuber in Japan, who has also spawned something of a media empire with his success. It turns out that on his windswept exit, Taguchi left the press cameras and directly on Hikaru’s camera inside the car.

▼ This very long video shows Hikaru driving to the police station, picking up Taguchi, then interviewing him (the video is timed to when they enter the police station)

For those unfamiliar with the famous YouTuber, Hikaru is a self-made millionaire who started out in a factory, but after facing power bullying, quit and got into the sometimes shady business of “joho shozaior “information products”. This is where people sell a book or a seminar with a promise of secrets to “make millions a year” or “boost your memory in five days”, but since they are secrets you can’t know what ‘they are as long as you haven’t paid and – as is often the case – disappointed when they don’t work.

Hikaru made a killing in news products, but had ethical issues with the work, so he also gave up. Instead, he took the money he hoarded, along with his natural ingenuity, to YouTube, where he now uses his financial and creative powers for good, exposing fraudulent companies and creating interesting content. .

Perhaps Hikaru’s own background is why he took a liking to Taguchi and saw him as a generally good person who just made bad choices early in his life. Along with getting him out of jail on bail, Hikaru also gave him a job at one of his related companies, which allows him to work remotely, as he is not allowed to leave Yamaguchi. He will first have to take training in computers and business etiquette and prove his reliability to the company before working there properly.

▼ Taguchi will soon work with QBT, a provider of low carb chicken and broccoli meals

Taguchi also created his own Twitter account on August 1 which chronicles his efforts to turn his life around and work hard to pay back the money he owes. Given the wild ride he’s been on this year, his Twitter feed is a collection of engagingly simple and earnest posts, like this one where he watches YouTube videos learning how to use the Office software on a Mac.

“Hi. Today I’m going to try Word. It’s been since middle school, but I’ll try my best.

And in another unexpected turn in a series of unexpected turns too long to count, Taguchi’s Twitter account exploded in popularity. At the time of this writing, just four days after opening his account, he has garnered over 90,000 followers, making him a potential influencer if he wanted to.

Criminal charges are still hanging over his head, but it looks like Sho Taguchi is well on his way to not just getting out of the hole he’s made for himself, but making an even better life for himself down the road. And more than helping himself, he might even become an example for others who might have taken a wrong turn in life and felt like there was no way out.

Source: Asahi TV News, TYS, PR time, Hachima KikoItalian News 1, 2
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