83-year-old woman found murdered in home in Fukushima Pref


Police in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, are investigating the murder of an 83-year-old woman whose body was found at the entrance to her house on Saturday. According to police, the victim, Motoko Sakamoto, was last seen working in the field near her home late Friday. Fuji TV reported that on Saturday,… Read


Head of failed Japanese travel agency Tellmeclub gets 6 years for fraud


A Tokyo court has sentenced the president of failed travel agency Tellmeclub to six years in prison for defrauding banks of loans by doctoring earnings data to avoid collapsing. The Tokyo District Court ruled that Chikako Yamada, 68, conspired with her former subordinate Toshiyuki Sasai, 37, and swindled Sumitomo Mitsui… Read


Naked man arrested at restaurant in Miyagi


On Thursday, July 12, at roughly 10:30 in the morning, Yu Murakami, a 44-year-old resident of the town of Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, left his house to do some shopping and get a bite to eat. Since Japanese people don’t wear shoes in the house, he stopped in his entryway to put on a… Read


Body of missing husband found buried in concrete after wife files false divorce papers


A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of abandoning a corpse and filing false divorce papers after the body of her missing husband was found buried in concrete at their apartment in Kasumigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture. According to police, Miho Ujiie, the wife of a missing 33-year-old man, filed a… Read


Female police unit sent to flood-hit Okayama to ease tensions in shelters


Following torrential rains in west Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has dispatched a unit of female police officers to help in flood-stricken communities in Okayama Prefecture. The team will stay there until July 29. The Kizuna Police Unit is visiting emergency shelter facilities in order to consult with victims… Read


Woman jailed for 2 years for destroying ex-husband's 54 violins


The ex-wife of a former violin maker has been sentenced by a court to two years in prison for breaking into his house and destroying his 54 violins and 70 bows. Qin Yue, a 35-year-old Chinese national, broke into her then-estranged husband's home in Nagoya in 2014 and destroyed his… Read


Man gets 23 years in prison for killing Chinese sisters


The Yokohama District Court on Friday sentenced a 40-year-old man to 23 years in prison for murdering two Chinese sisters and leaving their bodies -- stuffed in travel bags -- in woods near Tokyo last year. Lawyers representing Tatsuya Iwasaki appealed the ruling immediately, claiming he was not involved in… Read


Man arrested for stabbing 'noisy' neighbor


Police in Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 19-year-old girl who lives in the same apartment building, because she was making too much noise. According to police, at around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, a call was placed to… Read


Carrying unpacked knives onto trains to be banned under new security steps


The transport ministry said Friday that passengers will be prohibited from carrying unpacked knives onto trains as part of new security measures following a recent fatal stabbing rampage on a bullet train. Station staff and conductors will be able to forcibly evict passengers with such knives on all types of… Read


Gov't to boost child welfare staff after death of abused 5-year-old girl


The Japanese government on Friday decided to boost the number of child welfare staff to better tackle abuse following the recent death of a 5-year-old girl who had begged her parents to stop mistreating her. In emergency measures finalized at a ministerial meeting Friday, the government decided on a 1.6-fold… Read

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