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Gang member shot in Kanagawa restaurant parking lot

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A man in his 40s was shot in a restaurant parking lot in Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday night, in what police believe was an organized crime gang shooting. According to police, the shooting occurred just after 8 p.m. in the parking lot of a Denny's family restaurant in… Read

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Man held for coercing 18-year-old woman into unwanted porn shooting

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A man who ran an online porn DVD shopping site was arrested Monday on suspicion of coercing an 18-year-old woman in Osaka Prefecture to perform acts in a porn video after enticing her online with an offer to cast women as cosplay photography models. Shinichi Kanazawa, 48, has similarly preyed… Read

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Chiba Univ medical student given 4 years for gang rape

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A 23-year-old Chiba University medical student was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for his role in the gang rape of a woman during and after a party in September last year. The Chiba District Court ruled Masaya Yoshimoto, the last of four defendants from the university to be… Read

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Woman's body found in Hokkaido forest

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Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found buried in a mountain forest of Sunagawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture, on Sunday morning. The body was found at around 10 a.m. after a man suspected of killing her told police where to look, Fuji TV reported. According to… Read

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8-year-old girl hit by car in critical condition; driver arrested

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An 8-year-old girl remained in a critical condition Monday after she was hit by a minicar in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture, police said. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday at a three-way junction with no traffic lights, Fuji TV reported. The girl, Yuiya Takahashi, was hit by a car… Read

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Man arrested for throwing paint over sign in front of Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office

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Police in Tokyo said Sunday that they have arrested a man in his 60s on suspicion of destruction of public property after he threw a can of red paint over a sign in front of the Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office. According to police, the incident occurred just before 1 p.m.… Read

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Bear 'assists' police in catching three robbers in Tochigi Prefecture

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At around 2:50 p.m. on May 23, three men aged 18 to 22 broke into a home in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. They then began assaulting the two 75-year-old women who resided there, causing injuries. When the violent invasion was all finished, they ran off, taking with them a safe full of approximately… Read

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Man arrested after pushing commuter against moving train

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Police in Chofu, Tokyo, said Sunday they have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he shoved a 29-year-old man on the platform at a train station on Saturday. The victim’s head hit the side of a departing train. The incident occurred at Shibasaki Station on the… Read

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More interrogations for lay judge trials being fully recorded

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The number of lay judge trials in Japan for which interrogations of suspects have been recorded in full is increasing after police introduced new guidelines to avoid forced confessions, the National Police Agency says. In fiscal 2016 through March 2017, a total of 2,324 lay judge trials had the possibility… Read

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Japan amends law for tighter control of ivory business

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The Diet has passed a bill aimed at strengthening state control over the domestic ivory market. The revised legislation, enacted by a unanimous vote in the House of Councillors, requires all dealers of ivory products to register with the government. Dealers would be deregistered if found violating the law. Those… Read

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