9-year-old boy in coma after being hit by truck; driver arrested

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Police in Koshigaya City, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 42-year-old truck driver after his vehicle hit a 9-year-old boy riding a bicycle on Wednesday afternoon. The boy remained in a coma on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:40 p.m. at a T-junction. The… Read


Accused groper who jumped onto train tracks to escape arrested


Police in Tokyo on Wednesday arrested a 41-year-old unemployed man who had fled from a train Tuesday and jumped onto the tracks after being accused of groping a woman passenger. The suspect, Satoru Fukushima, who lives in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, has denied groping the woman and said his hand accidentally… Read


Baby girl’s body found floating in Kanagawa harbor


The body of a newborn baby girl has been found floating in the harbor at Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said. According to police, the body was found at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, several meters from the quay in Misaki port, by an employee of a fishing company, Sankei Shimbun reported.… Read


Dentsu, 3 branch officers referred to prosecutors for overwork cases


The labor ministry referred advertising agency Dentsu Inc and three officials from its offices in Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto to prosecutors on Tuesday on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law by making employees work illegal amounts of overtime. The move came after a 24-year-old employee of the company, Matsuri… Read


Tour bus driver arrested for using stimulants


A 40-year-old tour bus driver has been arrested for driving under the influence of stimulants, Osaka prefectural police said, adding the man has admitted to driving while on drugs “more than 50 times.” The suspect, Hiroki Fujima, is employed by Sanwa Kotsu in Isumi City, Chiba Prefecture, Fuji TV reported… Read


Man arrested for killing wife during quarrel


Police in Higashi-Osaka have arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 35-year-old wife at their home. According to police, Seiji Honma, who is self-employed, has admitted to attacking his wife during an argument at the home in Shinjo at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said… Read


Father, 4-year-old daughter found dead in suspected murder-suicide


Police in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture, said Monday that the bodies of a 40-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter were found in their home on Sunday night, in what appears to be a murder-suicide. According to police, at around 7:30 p.m., an emergency phone call was placed by a 38-year-old woman,… Read


Man arrested for living above public toilet in Oita for three years


On April 12, an electrician contracted by the municipal government of Usuki to service their public restrooms was startled when he saw a human-shaped shadow while installing a light. The contractor contacted the city which then sent some officials and police to the lavatory located in Usuki Park. They opened… Read


FSA steps up scrutiny of banks to fight dirty money


Japan's financial regulator has stepped up scrutiny of banks on their measures against money laundering and terror funding, ahead of checks by a global body for fighting illicit finance, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) sees as patchy Japanese banks' measures for… Read


Relatives mark 5th anniversary of fatal reckless driving case in Kameoka


Relatives of two children and a pregnant woman who were killed on April 23, 2012, when a car hit a group of elementary school children and adults in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, gathered at the scene Sunday to offer prayers and place flowers, Fuji TV reported. Seven other children were seriously… Read