Nagakubo at the time of his arrest for the November 2012 stand-in incident“FRIDAY” covered a stand-in case in Aichi Prefecture in 2012 in detail. A reporter from a national newspaper who knew the incident at the time said, “Nagakubo is a suspect who has been arrested at various places in Japan.
Nagakubo apparently moved from one rehabilitation facility to another, where he told people that he was abandoned by his parents when he was a child. This story was circulated, and at the time, commentators on wide-ranging TV shows and other media were talking knowingly about how such a family environment might have been the cause of the incident.”
When this reporter visited Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture, where the family actually resides, he found out that this was a complete falsehood. The family home, although somewhat old, was a large two-story house with a large garden. A neighbor said,
“Koji was born in that house and lived there until he finished school. He was an ordinary child, nothing out of the ordinary. He had four siblings, Koji being the oldest and his grandfather lived with them.”
Not only was he abandoned by his parents at an early age, but he also lived with his grandfather, not to mention his family.
Nagakubo went on to an agricultural high school. In his graduation album, there is a picture of Nagakubo riding on a tractor with a playful phrase, “My Porsche”. He was also a member of the soft tennis club, and from the pictures of those days, he appears to be an “ordinary kid with nothing unusual,” as described by a neighbor.
The turning point came shortly after he entered a university in the prefecture. In an interview at the time, an acquaintance of Nagakubo’s told us, “Nagakubo was 19 years old and a classmate at the university.
He got married to a college classmate when he was 19. They dropped out of school and lived in an apartment as newlyweds, but they divorced shortly after.
After that, he became estranged from his local friends. However, it seems that he still had the same habit of telling lies.” The acquaintance continues.
“When I met him in town 10 years ago (after the incident in Aichi), he blurted out, ‘I’m a yakuza driver.’ If that were true, it would have been talked about locally, but I never heard anyone else talk about it.”
Nagakubo had been involved in theft and fraud cases for several years prior to the Aichi incident, and had been repeatedly imprisoned and released from prison. Despite his release from prison in April of this year, he has once again been involved in a stand-up fight.
He may have meant what he said when he said, “I wanted to go back to prison.” However, it is outrageous that he would involve the general public with his selfish motive.