Actress Yoshiko Mita’s son gets suspended sentence after 4th arrest for using stimulant drugs


The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced Yuya Takahashi, 39, the youngest son of actress Yoshiko Mita, to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for five years for possession of stimulants. Takahashi was arrested on Sept 9 on suspicion of using stimulant drugs. It was his fourth arrest on charges related… Read


Osaka takoyaki seller found guilty of ¥130 million tax evasion


The operator of a snack stand serving takoyaki octopus batter balls near Osaka Castle has been found guilty of evading about 130 million yen in income tax. The Osaka District Court on sentenced Tatsuko Utsunomiya, 72, to a year in prison, suspended for three years, and a fine of 26… Read


Man arrested for stabbing woman near train station in Tokyo


A 52-year-old unemployed man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 73-year-old woman near JR Kita-Senju Station in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward. According to police, the incident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Fuji TV reported that the man, wearing an orange shirt, was loitering… Read


Arrest of Ghosn raises speculation over coup by Nissan


The surprise arrest of Nissan's former chairman on charges of falsifying financial reports is providing a window into possible corporate intrigue at the Japanese automaker. Japanese media and some analysts have raised the possibility that the charges against Carlos Ghosn were engineered to sideline him and give Nissan an excuse… Read


Skeletonized body of elderly woman found in wardrobe case

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Police in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested a 53-year-old woman on suspicion of abandoning the body of a woman whose skeletonized remains were found inside a wardrobe case in her house. An employee of the welfare office contacted police on Tuesday, expressing concern that Masako Anzai had not been seen… Read


Prosecutors seek 10-year-term for ex-MtGox bitcoin chief Karpeles


Tokyo prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 10-year jail term for the former head of collapsed bitcoin exchange MtGox, local media reported. France-born Mark Karpeles, 33, faces charges that he fraudulently manipulated data and pocketed millions of dollars' worth of the virtual currency. The Tokyo-based exchange -- once the world's biggest… Read


MSDF punishes senior official who paid for sex with 30 minors


Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force on Wednesday punished a senior official who was found to have paid for sex with about 30 minors over the past eight years. A lieutenant commander in his 30s who belongs to the education division of the Maritime Staff Office was suspended from duty for 12… Read


Lawyers protest detention of Kelly, Ghosn


Lawyers for Greg Kelly, the American executive arrested last month with Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of underreporting Ghosn's pay, protested his prolonged stay in Japanese detention Wednesday. The Tokyo District Court confirmed it received the protest. Lawyers often file such protests in Japan, where suspects get detained… Read


Man throws bike from 2nd-floor parking area, injuring woman below


A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after he threw a bicycle from from a second floor parking area and it hit a 51-year-old woman walking below. According to police, Mineo Kato threw the bike from the parking area in Totsuka, Yokohama, just before 7 p.m. last… Read


Man arrested over vocational school student’s death


A 27-year-old unemployed man who has been arrested on suspicion of abandoning the body of a 20-year-old female vocational school student used her cash card to withdraw 59,000 yen from her bank account — all that she had — the day after her death. Police said they plan to upgrade the… Read

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