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71-year-old man arrested for fatally stabbing woman; says his ‘resentment exploded’

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Police in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 71-year-old man on suspicion of murder after he fatally stabbed a 66-year-old woman who lived with him in his apartment. Police said Kenji Shiraishi turned himself in on Wednesday and said “I killed someone.” He admitted to killing Reiko Ami on April… Read

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Member of pop group Tokio referred to prosecutors for forcibly kissing teen

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A member of popular Japanese boy band Tokio has been accused of forcibly kissing a high school girl at his apartment, local media said Wednesday. Tatsuya Yamaguchi's agents have acknowledged the incident and apologized. Police have referred the incident to prosecutors, local media said. Yamaguchi, 46, is accused of asking… Read

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Ex-NHK reporter gets 21 years for serial rapes

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A court sentenced on Wednesday a 29-year-old former reporter for Japanese public broadcaster NHK to 21 years in prison for raping three women. While Yasutaka Tsurumoto consistently denied the allegations during his trial, the Yamagata District Court ruled he was the assailant in all three cases. "There is a risk… Read

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Junior high school boy threatens elementary school over Armani uniforms

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A junior high school student has been referred to prosecutors, accused of threatening an elementary school in Tokyo’s Ginza district which introduced Armani-designed uniforms earlier this month. Police said the 14-year-old boy, a third-grade student at a junior high school in Tochigi Prefecture, wrote threats on an online message board… Read

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Man arrested for hitting ‘noisy’ 10-year-old boy with hammer

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Police in Nagoya have arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he hit a 10-year-old boy on the head with a hammer. The boy lives in an apartment on the second floor above the suspect. According to police, the incident occurred at around 8 p.m. on Monday… Read

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Man arrested for fatally stabbing woman in apartment

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Police in Hakodate, Hokkaido, have arrested an unemployed 44-year-old man on suspicion of killing a woman in his apartment on Tuesday night. According to police, the suspect, Takahiro Miura, called 110 just after 6 p.m. Tuesday and said he had stabbed a woman in his apartment, Fuji TV reported.  The… Read

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Court rejects damages suit by alleged swindler after money stolen from police safe

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A Japanese court dismissed on Tuesday a damages suit filed by a man accused in a fraud case, after cash confiscated from him and kept in a police safe was stolen. Kazuaki Nakayama, 35, had argued that the Hiroshima prefectural police were negligent in managing 85.72 million yen seized from… Read

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74-year-old woman arrested in fatal hit-and-run says she thought she hit a cardboard box

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A 74-year-old woman who was arrested over a fatal hit-and-run incident has told police that she thought her vehicle had hit a cardboard box. Umeno Aoki, a resident of Kasukabe City in Saitama Prefecture, struck Sueko Suzuki, 86, after Suzuki was initially hit by another car while crossing a prefectural… Read

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NTT to block websites with links to pirated publications

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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp will block access to websites that allow visitors to read pirated comics and books by providing hyperlinks to other sites, in line with a recent government request. A government panel decided on a tentative plan earlier this month to address internet piracy, urging network operators… Read

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Self-proclaimed idol ‘producer’ arrested for allegedly kidnapping 14-year-old runaway girl

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Police have arrested a 38-year-old man for allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who had run away from home. According to police, on April 1, Takahiro Akashi met the teenage runaway in Hachioji, Tokyo, and then drove her to his residence in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, approximately 250 km away, Fuji TV… Read

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