China arranges for embassy officials to visit detained Japanese citizen


China has arranged for Japanese embassy officials to visit a Japanese citizen detained on suspicion of espionage, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after the arrest dealt an outsized blow to the two countries' close economic ties. Japan said late in October China had formally arrested a Japanese businessman detained… Read


Thieves arrested after stolen bike shows up for sale on flea market app


Police in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested two high school students, aged 16 and 17, on suspicion of stealing an electric bicycle and then attempting to resell it on a flea market app. According to police, the bike owner, a 39-year-old man who lives in Kishiwada City, saw his bike,… Read


Life term sought for man over killing of doctor in 11-hour standoff


Prosecutors on Tuesday sought a life sentence for a 68-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a doctor and attacking other medical workers last year during an 11-hour standoff at his home near Tokyo. Hiroshi Watanabe, who was charged with killing 44-year-old Junichi Suzuki with a shotgun, had the "strong intention… Read


Man arrested for stabbing woman outside apartment in Tokushima Prefecture

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Police in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 57-year-old woman on Monday. The incident occurred at around 5:05 p.m. at a municipal housing complex, Kyodo News reported. Police said the victim, Sayuri Fujikawa, lives in the building and is… Read


Aichi police accused of denying sick man treatment, leading to his death


A group of officers based at an Aichi Prefecture police station are expected to be referred to prosecutors over allegations they failed to make adequate medical care available to a detained man who suffered chronic diseases, leading to his death late last year, an investigative source said Tuesday. The case… Read


Japan NPO director convicted in overseas organ transplant case


The head of a Japanese nonprofit organization was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in jail for mediating overseas organ transplants for Japan residents without government approval. The Tokyo District Court ruled that Hiromichi Kikuchi, director of the Association for Patients of Intractable Diseases, had violated the organ transplant law by… Read


Shop employee fights off three robbers with polearm in Tokyo's Ueno district


At around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday evening, a pair of men on a motor bike pulled up to a store that sells precious metals in Tokyo’s Ueno district, located a block away from Okachimachi Station. Without removing their helmets, the men entered the store, called Ryutsu, and began smashing its glass display… Read


House of Representatives staff member arrested for shoplifting


Police in Yokohama have arrested a 53-year-old House of Representatives Secretariat staff member on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole grocery items worth about 9,000 yen from a supermarket on Sunday. According to police, Atsunori Noguchi, a resident of Yokohama, picked up 33 small items at a supermarket in… Read


Father arrested for fatally stabbing 48-year-old son


Police in Kagoshima have arrested a 70-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he fatally stabbed his 48-year-old son with a knife. According to police, Yukihide Tai, a part-time restaurant worker, stabbed his son Kizashi, a company manager, in the back with a knife at their home at around 8… Read


82-year-old man found dead at home; wife says she killed him


An 82-year-old man was found dead at his home in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, police said, adding that his wife, who is in her 70s, is suspected of killing him. According to police, a man called 110 at around 9:40 a.m. Friday, saying that the woman who lives nextdoor came to… Read

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