Date First Reported: September 2012

Primary Name Associated: Kenji Ohwa

Description of Potential Fraud:


A lawyer in Ontario and one in Texas have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Kenji Ohwa of Daiwa Shuppan Publishing Inc with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement.

Here is the initial email.

From: [email protected]
To: lawyer email
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:16:08 -0700
Subject: Legal Matter

We are a large media publisher company here in Japan and we have a breach of intellectual property agreement matter in your jurisdiction. Please advise us on your retainer fee
so that we can forward you the agreement for your review and run a conflict check.
Yours Sincerely,
Kenji Ohwa (President)
Daiwa Shuppan Publishing Inc.
1-26-11, Otowa,
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0013
TEL: 03-5978-8131
Email;[email protected]

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