In a recent arrest, 40-year-old Kazuaki Sugita, known online as 'Rengoku Koroaki,' faced charges of defamation for accusing a woman of illegal ticket reselling without evidence in an unblurred video posted on YouTube. Sugita, who gained notoriety for confrontational "citizen's arrest" videos, is suspected of producing such content to boost advertisement revenues.
Sugita's arrest stems from an unpixelated video featuring an 18-year-old woman near the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, labeled as a "(ticket) reseller." While chasing her, he made baseless accusations of her involvement with older men for money and demanded payment, despite no evidence of illegal ticket resales. The arrest was prompted by the woman seeking police assistance.
Sugita's tumultuous life includes financial troubles, with debts exceeding 100 million yen, and a history of neglecting rent payments. He explored various ventures, from 'Rental Koroaki' activities to an unsuccessful run for the Musashino City Council. 'Rental Koroaki' refers to one of Sugita's past activities, where individuals could invite him for drinks via social media, and he would get paid for participating.
His YouTube endeavors involved controversial videos, such as an attack on prostitutes in Tokyo's Okubo Park, ultimately resulting in the suspension of his account just before his recent arrest.
While Sugita's arrest addresses a specific incident, it also raises concerns about the actions of attention-seeking YouTubers. The investigation hints at a potential shift in addressing excessive behavior within the YouTube com