Man wanted for murder of 92-year-old resident of nursing home believed to be in Hokkaido


The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said Saturday that a 50-year-old man who has been placed on a nationwide wanted list on suspicion of killing a 92-year-old woman in a nursing home, is believed to be in Hokkaido. According to police, Takashi Kikuchi was seen on surveillance camera footage at Tsukuba… Read


Toy firm allegedly bribed ex-Tokyo Olympics executive


A company that was responsible for selling officially licensed stuffed toys of the Tokyo Olympics mascots is suspected of giving several million yen to a former executive of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, investigative sources said Friday, in a spate of bribery scandals involving last year's Summer Games. Prosecutors were… Read


55-year-old man arrested for assaulting 19-year-old daughter because she didn’t keep in touch with him


Police in Otofuke, Hokkaido, have arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of beating his 19-year-old daughter and her boyfriend. According to police, the man said he got angry at his daughter for suddenly showing up at his home after not keeping in touch with him for a long time, local… Read


Pickpocket arrested in women’s car on Tokyo subway line


A 58-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of pickpocketing an IC commuting card from the handbag of another woman on a subway train in Tokyo. According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. on Friday in a women’s-only car on the Chiyoda line between Shin-Ochanomizu and Otemachi… Read


90-year-old man beaten to death in Gunma home


Police in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, said Friday that a 90-year-old man was beaten to death in his home. According to police, the body of Tetsuo Arisaka, who lived alone, was found by a relative who visted his house at around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. Local media quoted police as saying that… Read


Ex-KAT-TUN singer Tanaka goes on trial for drug possession


A former member of KAT-TUN, an all-male idol group, went on trial in Chiba Prefecture on Thursday, charged with violating the Stimulants Control Law. In the opening session at the Chiba District Court, Koki Tanaka, 36, pleaded guilty to possessing stimulants, Kyodo News reported. Tanaka was arrested on June 30,… Read


Man arrested for stabbing two minors over cannabis trafficking


Police in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 20-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed two male minors on the street in a dispute over cannabis trafficking. According to police, Seira Tanaka stabbed two 17-year-old boys in the abdomen and back with a knife at… Read


Nursing care worker arrested for attempted murder after placing plastic bag over resident’s head


Police in Eiheiji, Fukui Prefecture, have arrested a 40-year-old nursing care worker on suspicion of attempted murder after he placed a plastic bag over the head of a male resident in his 90s at the facility. According to police, Yukinori Matsumura placed the bag over the man’s head at around… Read


Friend of mother who starved son to death sentenced to 15 years


A 49-year-old woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after a Japanese court found that she had manipulated her friend to starve her 5-year-old son to death. Emiko Akahori psychologically controlled the friend, Rie Ikari, 40, with lies, according to the ruling by the Fukuoka District Court. Akahori… Read


64-year-old man arrested over murder of wife in car crash


Police in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, have arrested a 64-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 55-year-old wife after he drove a car with her in it off a mountain road in an attempt to kill himself along with her. According to police, the incident occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and… Read

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