The first trial of Kiyoshi, the husband of international political scientist Rurei Miura, who was accused of embezzling 420 million yen in the course of his duties, was held at the Tokyo District Court on January 14. In the trial, Kiyoshi denied the charges, saying, “I am not guilty. He expressed his determination to fight the charges to the bitter end.
Of the 1 billion yen invested by a real estate company in Tokyo, Kiyoshi is suspected of having transferred 420 million yen to his consulting company, Tribay Capital, without permission. On the other hand, Kiyoshi’s defense maintains that the payment was for remuneration based on a contract and that he was not guilty of embezzlement in the course of his duties. The use of the money is expected to become a point of contention in the future,” said a reporter from the society section of a national newspaper.
On the other hand, Rurei continues to insist that he had nothing to do with the case, as he did in an appearance on the YouTube channel “ReHacQ,” which was released on July 8,
Even though he is my husband, it’s not my company, it’s not me personally, so I don’t know what I don’t know.
I don’t know if I know more than you guys.
I don’t know if I know any more than you do. He again appealed for his own innocence.
However, the effects of the uproar have certainly had an impact on Rurei as well. He has already moved from his apartment in Roppongi Hills to a new residence, and in May he relocated from his prestigious office in Nagatacho, Tokyo, to a virtual office in Shibuya Ward. The new office has a minimum monthly fee of 15,000 yen, less than 1/30th the rent of the Nagatacho office, which was said to cost around 500,000 yen. He also gave up his Karuizawa villa in June.
In the midst of all this, this magazine has witnessed various changes in Rurei’s life. Rurei used to drive a luxury car, the BMW X3, but now he often uses a Tokyo metropolitan bus for transportation. When driving his car, he also goes out of his way to find cheaper parking instead of coin-operated parking near his home. Before the riots, he often hired a driver to take him to work, but the number of times he does so seems to have decreased dramatically. He was also seen using a delicatessen, perhaps because he cooks less at home.
The stations all have a policy of not allowing Mr. Rurei to appear on TV until Mr. Kiyoshi’s trial is over. However, if Mr. Kiyoshi continues to deny the charges, he will have to fight for almost a year. If it goes all the way to the Supreme Court, it will take several years. Even though Mr. Rurei has a separate day job, his family’s finances are probably very tight.
Even her opulent lifestyle is undergoing a change.
PHOTO： Sayuki Saito