To wrap up the week, five criminal or commercial cases involving betrayals of trust, from the bedroom to the boardroom:
- A 25-year-old woman who was arrested last week for the alleged 2018 poisoning death of her wealthy 77-year-old husband — the self-styled Don Juan of Wakayama Prefecture — is suspected of having planned to sell at least one of his expensive paintings.
- Wireless carrier SoftBank said Thursday it has filed a damages suit against a former employee and its rival Rakuten Mobile for illegally using the plaintiff’s 5G network technology information, allegedly leaked by the ex-SoftBank worker.
- A former head of a post office in Nagasaki Prefecture may have swindled over 50 people out of over ¥1 billion. The man, in his 60s, collected money for decades by telling customers the payments were for deposits or insurance premiums, Japan Post says.
- An association for private kindergartens in Tokyo says that money totaling around ¥400 million went missing from the group’s coffers over a period of more than three years until the former head of the group, Kei Kagawa, resigned in November.
- Across Japan, it can seem as if there is a 7-Eleven on every corner. On one corner in Higashiosaka, there are two. The spectacle is the latest manifestation of an epic grudge match between one of Japan’s most powerful companies and arguably one of its most stubborn men, The New York Times reports.