Saitama man repeatedly steals food from store by making his phone say 'PayPay♫'


Of the many new electronic payment services that have emerged in Japan in the last few years, PayPay is probably the largest. Having arrived on the scene early with aggressive discount campaigns, and somehow evaded trademark complaints from PayPal, they scooped up a large market share and can now be used… Read


Nursery school head may face charge over boy's death in bus


Police are considering charging the head of a nursery school in southwestern Japan for professional negligence resulting in death, as she is suspected of having left a 5-year-old boy behind on a school bus she had driven, causing him to die after several hours in the heat, investigative sources say.… Read


4-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck outside supermarket


Police in Tokyo have arrested the 51-year-old driver of a small truck that hit and killed a 4-year-old boy outside a supermarket on Friday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. in Arakawa Ward, Fuji TV reported. The boy had been at the supermarket with his mother.… Read


Man arrested over wife’s murder in Kawasaki


Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 61-year-old wife at their home. According to police, Kikuo Naito, a company employee, called 110 at around 9:50 p.m. Thursday and said he had stabbed his wife, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police rushed to the house… Read


Prosecutors to reopen probe into ex-PM Abe's dinner spending scandal


Prosecutors will reopen an investigation into former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his camp's spending of millions of yen for dinner receptions held for supporters after an inquest body decided that prosecutors' earlier decision not to indict him was inappropriate, according to the body's statement released Friday. The decision dated… Read


Man recently released from prison admits robbing at least 30 residences


Police in Tokyo said a 35-year-old man who was arrested on July 27 on suspicion of robbing a home has admitted to burglarizing at least 30 residences since he was released from prison on July 4. According to police, Ryuta Ooka, of no fixed address, broke into a two-story house… Read


Court upholds jail sentences for 2 Americans over Ghosn escape


A Tokyo court has upheld jail sentences for a U.S. father-son duo who helped ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn flee Japan, as the pair waived their right to appeal. At their final hearing earlier this month, former special forces operative Michael Taylor was sentenced to two years in prison, and his… Read


Murdered Nara nursing care worker withdrew ¥30 million before going missing


Nara prefectural police say a 56-year-old nursing care worker from Yamatokoriyama City, whose body was found in a forest area on July 23, withdrew about 30 million yen from her bank account before she went missing on July 8. Junko Sasaoka was found in a wooded area, Sankei Shimbun reported.… Read


2 men arrested over street robbery in May


Police in Osaka have arrested two men on suspicion of spraying tear gas on a man and stealing his bag containing 180,000 in cash in May. Police said the suspects, Ryuki Matsui, 23, and Yokuku Liu, 20, a South Korean national, have no fixed address or occupation.  The incident occurred at… Read


Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman as she slept in her apartment


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman as she slept in her apartment in July last year. The incident came to light after police found footage of the assault filmed on the suspect’s smartphone, Kyodo News reported. It appears that the woman was… Read

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