Man arrested at idol group event says he wanted to kill one member


A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday for possessing a knife at a meet and greet event for an all-girl idol group near Tokyo, telling police he wanted to kill one of the members, police said. Security guards found the man, identified as Ryohei Abe from Sapporo, igniting a flare near… Read


Woman, former common-law husband arrested over death of 21-month-old son


Kanagawa prefectural police said Saturday they have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old woman and her 29-year-old former common-law husband on suspicion of fatally abusing her 21-month-old son at their apartment in Sagamihara last September. According to police, Yuki Fukura, who currently lives in Yokohama’s Midori Ward, and her then common-law husband,… Read


Prostitution ring operating out of Tokyo high-end apartments netted Y420 mil in 28 months


Police in Tokyo say a prostitution and massage services ring operating out of 12 apartments in high-end condos in Chiyoda Ward netted about 420 million yen over two years and four months. According to police, two Chinese masseuses, aged 39 and 21, were arrested on June 21 for providing massages… Read


82-year-old woman gets suspended jail term for killing husband who suffered from dementia


An 82-year-old woman has been given a suspended jail term for strangling her husband, who was suffering from dementia, last year at their home in Osaka. The Osaka District Court sentenced Michiko Otsuki to three years in prison, suspended for five years, for killing her 85-year-old husband with a necktie… Read


Lecture by Japanese psychiatrist Kayama canceled due to threats


A lecture by psychiatrist and TV commentator Rika Kayama planned for next week in Tokyo has been canceled after organizers received threats that the event would be disrupted. The social welfare council of Tokyo's Koto Ward, a co-sponsor of the lecture originally scheduled for next Tuesday, announced the cancelation Wednesday,… Read


17-year-old youth arrested for using fake police badge, ID to try and get woman’s contact info


Police in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 17-year-old youth for impersonating a police officer by using a fake badge and ID in order to obtain the phone number and address of a woman. According to police, the incident occurred in mid-March. The woman, 18, works in a bar. Fuji… Read


Couple arrested for setting up groper on train in Osaka


Osaka prefectural police have arrested a 21-year-old man for filing a false complaint against a man he set up to grope a woman on a subway train in May. The woman, who was the suspect’s accomplice, has also been arrested. Police said Yuma Ikuta, a part-time worker and resident of… Read


Tokyo police department employee arrested for shoplifting, assault


A 52-year-old employee of the Tokyo metropolitan police department has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at a supermarket and physically assaulting a female security guard. According to police, the suspect, Kotaro Hoshi, is an administrative officer at Otsuka police station. Fuji TV reported that the incident occurred just before… Read


Honda halts production at Sayama plant after cyberattacks


Honda said Wednesday it had temporarily halted production at plant in Japan after it suffered a cyberattack from the same ransomware that struck hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide last month. The Japanese automaker said it had shut its plant in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday after discovering its computer… Read


Woman attacked while walking home in Tokyo


A woman in her 20s was attacked from behind by a man as she walked home early Wednesday morning in Tokyo. According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 a.m. as the woman was walking across a bridge in Edogawa Ward., Fuji TV reported. The woman told police she… Read

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