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Tokyo cops arrest ‘investment idol’ for extortion in rape accusation

Masako Suzuki
Masako Suzuki (Twitter)

TOKYO (TR) – On Saturday, officers from the Shinjuku Police Station arrested Masako Suzuki, a 31-year-old model with a background in the securities industry, and Yasutaka Okamura, the 66-year-old president of a financial firm, for demanding payment from the president of a chain of restaurants over an alleged sexual assault, reports Sports Hochi (Nov. 18).

Suzuki and the restaurant president met at a boat party in August. Early the next month, the model telephoned the president and indicated that he would be accused of raping her in his car after they enjoyed a meal together if a loan of 100 million yen were not granted as an out-of-court settlement.

Okamura then sent an article posted on a news site by fax to the restaurant company that detailed the fictitious rape incident. The victim alerted police in October.

Both suspects, who police charged with attempted extortion, have reportedly denied the allegations.

After graduating from Waseda University, Suzuki joined a securities company. As side work, she engaged in modeling, and released a DVD containing images of her attired only in her underwear.

In 2007, Suzuki was awarded the Grand Prix in the Miss Palau International Goodwill Ambassador contest.

Four years later, Suzuki appeared in Nikkan Gendai’s popular “Excuse Me” column, which introduces up-and-coming female entertainers. “Someone buy me a Chanel bag,” she giggled.

Known in publications as the “beautiful investment idol,” the suspect is currently enrolled in a graduate course in finance at Waseda, according to her blog.