Couple arrested over robbery of real estate agent during condo inspection


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 48-year-old man and his 56-year-old adoptive mother on suspicion of robbing a real estate agent while pretending to inspect an apartment on March 19. Police said Kazuko Hachinoe and her adopted son Wakana have partially admitted to the charge, Fuji TV reported. They are… Read


Man who refused to wear mask on plane arrested again after trouble in restaurant


A man who was arrested for forcible obstruction of business after a plane he was on last September had to divert to another airport when he got into a dispute with cabin crew over his refusal to wear a mask, is in trouble with the law again. Police said Junya… Read


Man arrested for keeping body of 86-year-old father at home


Police in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday arrested a 61-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of keeping the body of his 86-year-old father at the house where they both lived. According to police, Masahiko Kawashima said his father died in mid-March and that he didn’t know what to do, Sankei Shimbun… Read


Arsonist at idol concert says he was imitating the Kyoto Animation attack


On March 24, a man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a building in the city of Tokushima, where a Japanese idol group concert was taking place. On Friday, investigators revealed that the man told them he was aiming to imitate the deadly Kyoto animation arson attack that occurred in 2019.… Read


Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones


Aichi Prefecture in central Japan seems to be a hot spot for weird criminal activity these days, between people selling modified Pokemon from a hacked game, stealing piano covers from schools, and slashing women’s car tires. And now we can add one more crime to the list: theft of women’s shoes, and replacing them… Read


Police find 424 stolen items at suspected underwear thief’s home


Police in Saga City, Saga Prefecture, have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of stealing teenage girls’ clothing, including underwear and swimsuits. According to police, Takahiro Kubo, an electrician, attempted to steal a swimsuit which was drying on a clothesline outside a house at around 10 a.m. on March 10,… Read


Man arrested after spitting on store manager who asked him to wear mask


Police in Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 67-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he hit and spat on a supermarket manager who asked him to wear a face mask while in the store. According to police, the incident occurred at around 11:55 a.m. on April 2, Sankei Shimbun… Read


Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020


A record 5,034 people were involved in cannabis-related crimes in Japan in 2020, with teens and those in their 20s accounting for the majority of the offenders, police data showed Thursday. The figure rose 713 from the previous year for the seventh consecutive yearly increase and exceeded 5,000 for the… Read


5 students arrested after putting glue on playground equipment


The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Juvenile Division has arrested five high school students on suspicion of vandalizing public property in a park last month. According to police, the vandalism occurred at Yoshikata park in Tokyo’s Inagi City on March 7, Sankei Shimbun reported. Playground equipment was coated with carpenters' glue… Read


Police officer arrested over alleged sexual assault of woman


Police in Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 33-year-old police sergeant on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s in a car in the parking lot of a commercial facility. Police said Takahide Ikeda, who was arrested on Wednesday, has denied the charge, Sankei Shimbun reported. According to… Read

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