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Man, ex-wife arrested for brainwashing girl with view to sexual assault

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Police on Tuesday arrested a polyamorous 74-year-old man and one of his ex-wives for allegedly brainwashing an adolescent girl with a view to sexually assaulting her. Hirohito Shibuya and his ex-wife Chiaki, 43, have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to commit forcible sexual intercourse, a crime that takes advantage… Read

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‘Yankii’ teacher arrested for threatening female acquaintance in Line messages

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Police in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, have arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of blackmail after he sent threatening messages to a 29-year-old female acquaintance on the messaging app Line. The suspect, identified as Hikari Miwa, is an instructor known in the media as “Yankii teacher" and has written a book… Read

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Philippines deports 2 robbery suspects to Japan; arrests made in-flight

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The Philippines deported Tuesday two of four Japanese men suspected of planning and coordinating a string of robberies across Japan beginning last year, with Japanese police arresting them while they were aboard a flight to Narita. The arrests of Kiyoto Imamura and Toshiya Fujita, both 38, came after days of… Read

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Man arrested for sexual assault after spiking woman’s drink with sleeping pills

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of sexual assault after he allegedly drugged a woman in her 30s with sleeping pills last November. According to police, Hiroshi Kawai, a company employee living in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, is accused of mixing sleeping pills in an alcoholic beverage… Read

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Suspect charged with third murder in Christmas Day killing of family of 3

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A man arrested on suspicion of killing an American man and his wife at their residence in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture, on Dec 25, was served a fresh arrest warrant Monday over the death of their daughter, police said. Jun Saito, 40, was a neighbor of William Bishop, a 69-year-old U.S.… Read

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62-year-old man arrested for paying for sex with 15-year-old girl he met on Twitter

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Police in Sapporo, Hokkaido, have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of violating the child prostitution law after he allegedly paid a 15-year-old girl ¥25,000 to commit lewd acts with him at a hotel last October. According to police, the man, who works as a security guard, became acquainted with the… Read

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16-year-old boy stabbed on Kawasaki street; suspect arrested

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A high school student in Kawasaki near Tokyo was stabbed on his way to school on Monday, with a minor who knows the victim arrested the same day on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. The 16-year-old student's injuries are not life-threatening, the police said. According to investigative sources, the… Read

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21-year-old man arrested over murder of 71-year-old woman at laundromat

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Police in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, have arrested a 21-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing a 71-year-old woman at a coin-operated laundromat on Sunday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 10 a.m., Kyodo News reported. Police said Akinari Nakagawa is accused of fatally stabbing Chiyoko Nakagawa (not related). After… Read

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Number of serious sex offenses in Japan rises sharply in 2022

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The number of serious sex offenses in Japan in 2022 grew sharply from the previous year, with cases of forced intercourse climbing 19.3 percent to 1,656, according to government data. The number of sexual assault cases involving violence or threats rose 9.9 percent to 4,708, according to the data released… Read

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Man, woman found dead in apartment in apparent murder-suicide

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The bodies of a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s were found in a municipal apartment in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, on Saturday, in what police believe was a murder-suicide. According to police, the building manager went to a nearby koban (police box) at around 4 p.m.… Read

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