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Gov't raids Shoko Chukin Bank over shady loans

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Government officials conducted an on-site inspection Wednesday at Shoko Chukin Bank, a state-linked lender for small and midsize firms, over improper loans issued under a state-backed scheme to help crisis-hit companies. The Financial Services Agency as well as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Finance Ministry, plan… Read

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Man gets life in prison for murder of 17-year-old girl

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The Tokyo District Court has sentenced a 31-year-old man to life in prison for killing a 17-year-old girl in 2015. The court handed its ruling against Masahiro Aoki on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. He was convicted of killing student Kana Iwase, who worked part-time at the same convenience store as… Read

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15-year-old arrested over forcing classmate to eat insect, dog feces

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A 15-year-old high school student in Tokyo has been arrested on suspicion of forcing a classmate to eat a grasshopper and dog feces, police said Tuesday. The Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect has admitted to the alleged bullying cases which took place last fall when they were third-year students… Read

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Man facing eviction for not paying rent tries to rob two convenience stores

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Police in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery after he tried to rob two convenience stores on Sunday. Police said the suspect, Takayuki Kawashima, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying that he had until Monday to pay the… Read

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Police name deceased suspect in case file on teen's murder

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Police on Tuesday sent papers on a deceased 21-year-old man to prosecutors after concluding he was the only suspect in the murder of a 16-year-old high school girl in central Japan in March. Tatsuki Boda, who died in an apparent suicide shortly after the girl died, is suspected of forcing… Read

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Detained man may be fugitive wanted over 1971 Shibuya policeman killing

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Osaka Prefectural Police say that a 67-year-old man arrested last week may be a fugitive wanted for murdering a police officer during a violent student protest held in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward in 1971. According to police, on May 18, police arrested two men at a Hiroshima apartment belonging to an… Read

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Police arrest 6 suspects over massive gold bar theft in July

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Police arrested Monday six men over the suspected theft of gold bars worth 750 million yen ($6.7 million) last July by men disguised as police officers on a street in the city of Fukuoka. The Fukuoka Prefectural Police said they found the six people outside Fukuoka Prefecture, including Kazuki Noguchi,… Read

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China confirms detention of 6 Japanese for 'illegal activities'

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China confirmed Monday that it is investigating six Japanese citizens, following a Japanese news report that Chinese authorities had detained six men possibly for spying. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing that six Japanese nationals are suspected of engaging in "illegal activities," but did not give details. Japan's… Read

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Man arrested for molesting high school girl on street

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Police in Nishi-Tokyo have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of molesting a high school girl as she walked home on May 11. According to police, the suspect, Tatsuma Ishikawa, a part-time worker, came up behind the girl on the sidewalk at around 7:35 p.m., placed one hand over her… Read

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Ex-ASDF chief Tamogami found guilty over illegal payments to campaign staff

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Former Air Self-Defense Force chief Toshio Tamogami on Monday was sentenced to 22 months in prison, suspended for five years, after being found guilty of making illegal payments to his campaign staff in his unsuccessful Tokyo gubernatorial bid in February 2014. The ruling was handed down by the Tokyo District… Read

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