A tall man in a luxurious suit got out of a black Ferrari parked in downtown Osaka City.
The man’s name is Toru Yamada, 49, known in the social networking world by the handle “Tompin. He accurately predicts stocks that will rise in price on numerous occasions. The stocks he picks up are called “Tompin stocks” and are the talk of the town among individual investors, and even politicians visit him for advice.
Tongpin was arrested by the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office in March of last year on suspicion of market manipulation. In April of this year, he was convicted and sentenced to one year and six months in prison (suspended for three years).
It was rumored that he had moved to Singapore with his vast assets, but in mid-June, he was spotted in Osaka. When FRIDAY directly interviewed him, he said “No comment on the case,” but after repeated questioning, he gradually opened his heavy mouth.
–Are you advising a politician?
I can’t say who.”
–Do you continue to work in the stock market?
Yes. I’m going to move my base to Singapore because it’s hard to do in Japan.
–How do you make money in the stock market?
I think it is better to take the stance of “6 wins and 4 losses. I have always wanted individual investors to make money, not foreign or institutional investors. For an individual investor to make money, you have to take it easy.
–How much are your assets?
How much money do you have? “I earned 40 billion yen from stocks. But I don’t have much greed, so I live in a 2K apartment. My only hobby is my car. Right now, I own six cars.
–Does he have any virtual currency?
No, I don’t. I have the dollar, which is the reserve currency. I don’t think the U.S., which has the dollar as its reserve currency, will allow virtual currency. It will be a gradual process, and in the end, it will be a piece of trash.
-What can be said about the case. I hear you’ve been making donations.
I donate quite a bit. I wanted to contribute to my country. But the Japanese government only gave me an arrest warrant and an indictment (laughs).
Tongpin says he will continue with his stock. Investors are paying close attention to his future moves.
From the July 8, 2022 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Kei Kato