Police arrest head of failed travel agency Tellmeclub
Japan Times -- Nov 09
Police on Wednesday arrested the president and a former employee of failed travel agency Tellmeclub, which offered budget overseas tours, on suspicion of defrauding a bank of about ¥200 million ($1.76 million) in loans by window-dressing earnings data.

The travel agency, headed by 67-year-old Chikako Yamada, filed for bankruptcy in late March with debts of close to ¥15.1 billion, after collecting roughly ¥9.9 billion in advance payments from between 80,000 to 90,000 customers across Japan.

Yamada and Toshiyuki Sasai, 36, who was in charge of accounting, admitted to the allegations, which included the forging of earnings statements presented to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. between June and September 2016, according to the police.

The two are suspected of fraudulently securing the loans on the pretext of chartering aircraft, despite the firm's poor financial condition that eventually resulted in postwar Japan's fourth-biggest tourism industry bankruptcy.

The Tokyo-based tour agency started window-dressing its financial statements by posting fictitious profits the previous business year, even before it fell into negative net worth in the year through September 2014, according to its bankruptcy administrator.

Tellmeclub, which was established in 1998 and once thrived on online reservations, found it increasingly difficult to provide budget tours to destinations such as Hawaii and Guam due to rising advertising and labor costs, as well as a weaker yen that pushed up its foreign-currency denominated payments.

今年3月に経営破綻した旅行会社「てるみくらぶ」が銀行から融資金2億円をだまし取った疑いで、警視庁は社長ら2人を8日午前に逮捕しました。 てるみくらぶの山田千賀子社長(67)ら2人は、嘘の書類を示して銀行から融資金約2億円をだまし取っていた疑いで8日午前に逮捕されました。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
Jun 21
People in Osaka are still reeling from Monday's major earthquake. (NHK)
Jun 21
Police have arrested a teen suspected of involvement in a knife attack Tuesday on a 9-year-old boy -- causing serious head trauma -- who was returning home from school in Shizuoka Prefecture, local authorities said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jun 21
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, has released new images taken by its probe Hayabusa2. They show a crater-like indentation about 200 meters across near the equator of the Ryugu asteroid. (NHK)
Jun 21
A dinosaur fossil that may be part of a tyrannosaurus has been found in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido, northern Japan, two Hokkaido museums said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Jun 21
Japanese paper manufacturers were expecting a shrinking market due to the declining population but are expanding output instead due to an unexpected boost -- a surge in foreign tourists pushing up demand, inevitably, for toilet paper. (Japan Today)
Jun 21
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in May set a record for the month. (NHK)
Jun 21
The proportion of parents with infants in the country who want to have more children stands at around 70 percent, a private survey found Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jun 21
A scientist says fresh strain is believed to have built up along active faults following Monday's major earthquake in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan. (NHK)
Jun 21
Japan's largest banks have buoyed earnings with high-interest cash advances over the last few years, but these loans are starting to take a toll as irrecoverable debt piles up. (Nikkei)
Jun 20
Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia 2-1, becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team at the World Cup. (jacarandafm.com)