A 39-year-old Japanese man has been arrested on fraud charges after he reportedly dated over 35 women at the same time as a strategy to receive birthday gifts.
The accused, Takashi Miyagawa, a part-time worker, is being investigated for allegedly defrauding dozens of women by pretending he was serious about each of their relationships and receiving hundreds of pounds worth of gifts from them.
The Japanese international was apparently caught out when the women joined forces to create a victims’ association after discovering his extensive infidelity and reported him to the police.
It is alleged that Migawa gave each woman a different date for his birthday to ensure that he would constantly receive birthday gifts all year round.
One 47-year-old woman reportedly thought his birthday was on February 22, another aged 40 was told it was July, while another 35-year-old believed his birthday was in April.
According to local media, Migawa allegedly received a total of around 100 000 yen (£668) worth of gifts from the women, including a £200 suit.