Caregiver at nursing home arrested for using vacuum cleaner on resident’s hair


A 41-year-old male caregiver at a nursing home in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of assault after he allegedly vacuumed an 86-year-old female resident’s hair by placing the device on her head last year. Police said Hiromi Takato, who was arrested on Saturday, has denied the… Read


Speaking positively about marijuana online leads to arrest of Japanese man and woman


Around the world there seems to be an increasingly lenient attitude towards pot smoking, with many governments having legalized the substance altogether. Japan, however, hasn’t moved an inch when it comes to marijuana and is showing no signs of doing so in the future either. Take the recent arrests of a… Read


77-year-old man arrested for attempted murder of common-law wife

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Police in Fukuchi-machi, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 77-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to kill his 54-year-old common-law wife. According to police, Hiromitsu Shinkai, a company employee, stabbed the victim multiple times in the chest and back at around 7:30 a.m. Friday at their home, local media reported. Police said… Read


Man arrested for assaulting 16-year-old girl in train station toilet


Police in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated assault after he injured a 16-year-old girl with a box cutter in the toilet at a train station. According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:20 a.m. Thursday in a toilet at JR Okamoto Station,… Read


Police using facial images from surveillance cameras and social media in criminal probes


Japanese police have been using a system to find whether facial images from surveillance cameras and social media can be matched with database images of people who have been arrested in the past, police officials said, a move that could raise concerns about privacy violations. The facial analysis system has… Read


Woman who shot elderly man with crossbow arrow to undergo psychiatric tests


A 28-year-old unemployed woman who was arrested for the attempted murder of a male acquaintance in his 70s with a crossbow in Nagano city has begun one month of psychiatric tests to determine if she is fit to stand trial. Prosecutors said Natsumi Mizusawa will undergo a psychiatric evaluation until… Read


Man arrested over attempted murder of 13-year-old disabled son


Police in Mibu, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he tried to strangle his 13-year-old disabled son. According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Hiromi Hosoi, a company employee, has admitted to the… Read


Ex-chairman of bankrupt Japan Life, 13 others arrested over fraud


The former chairman of Japan Life Co, a now-bankrupt company, was arrested Friday along with 13 others on suspicion of running a "rental owner" investment scam involving clothing, jewelry and other goods it claimed had health benefits, police said. The police suspect the company, which went under in March 2018… Read


Woman arrested over murder of husband


Police in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 43-year-old woman on suspicion of murder after she stabbed her 41-year-old husband at their home. According to police, the incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Fuji TV reported. Police said Junko Ikeda stabbed her husband Atsushi, a company executive, in the… Read


Aum founder's 2nd daughter to receive his remains, Tokyo court rules


A Tokyo court ruled Thursday that the 39-year-old second daughter of executed Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara can take possession of his cremated remains, sources familiar with the matter said, in the latest development in a long-running family row over his ashes. Asahara's ashes have been stored in a… Read

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