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Lower house passes bill to reform law on sex crimes

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Japan's lower house on Tuesday passed a bill to raise the age of sexual consent from 13 to 16 to protect children from sexual abuse as part of reforms to the country's Penal Code. The bill, which will also criminalize sexual offenses even in the absence of physical violence or… Read

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Teacher arrested for groping girl suspected in multiple cases

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Police in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, have arrested a 59-year-old elementary school teacher on suspicion of indecent assault after he allegedly groped a female student’s breast. Police said they suspect Fuminori Mitsuke, a science teacher, may have done the same thing with many other girls at the school, Fukui TV reported.… Read

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Man arrested for abusing girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter

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Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 36-year-old self-employed man on suspicion of abusing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter. According to police, Kazuki Amiya, who was arrested on Monday, slapped the girl’s face and buttocks at his home between Feb 28 and April 4. Kyodo News reported that the child was… Read

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Ex-doctor denies consensual killing of terminally ill woman

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A former doctor on Monday denied conspiring with another doctor in the alleged consensual killing of a terminally ill woman with a rare neurological disease in 2019 in Kyoto. The defense team of Naoki Yamamoto told the first hearing of his trial at the Kyoto District Court that the other… Read

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Man arrested over attempted murder of acquaintance by pouring gasoline on him, igniting it

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Police in Osaka have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he poured gasoline on a 28-year-old male acquaintance and set him on fire on a street earlier this month. According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. in Nishinari Ward on May 2, Kyodo… Read

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Suspect in Nagano murders asked mother to shoot him

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The suspect in last week's shooting and stabbing attacks in central Japan that left four people dead asked his mother to shoot him during an hours-long standoff at his home, an investigative source said Monday. Masanori Aoki, 31, surrendered to police after holing up for about 12 hours following the… Read

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Human bones found in closet after woman confesses to giving birth to 3 babies '40 to 50 years ago'

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Police in Daito, Osaka Prefecture, have retrieved human bones from a house after receiving a call from a woman in her 70s who lives there, saying that they are the remains of three children to whom she gave birth “40 to 50 years ago.” Police said they received the call… Read

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Kawasaki school holds service for victims of 2019 stabbing spree

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A memorial service was held Sunday at a private elementary school in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, to mark four years since two people were killed and 18 others injured by a knife-wielding man as they waited at a bus stop. Caritas Elementary School held a mass for the victims, while local… Read

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85-year-old man arrested for stealing condoms from convenience store

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Police in Gifu City have arrested an 85-year-old man on suspicion of shoplifting two packs of condoms from a convenience store. According to police, the incident occurred at around 11 a.m. Sunday, Chukyo TV reported. Police said Ko Sasaki, of no fixed address and who claims to be self-employed, took… Read

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Body of partially burned newborn baby found on Shizuoka coastline

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Police in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, are investigating the death of a newborn baby girl whose partially burned body was found along the coastline on Saturday. Police said the infant, who was wrapped in a blanket, was found by a fisherman at around 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Kyodo News reported. The fisherman… Read

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