Parents referred to prosecutors over death of baby left in bathtub


Police have referred a couple to prosecutors over the death of their 11-month-old daughter who was left alone in a bathtub at their home near Tokyo in 2017. The 33-year-old father has told investigators he left the baby unattended because he "wanted time to play games," while his wife, 36,… Read


Man arrested over 8 arson cases

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Police in Higashi-Osaka said Saturday they have arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of arson and destruction of property after he allegedly set eight fires in succession early Friday. According to police, Teruyuki Hatakeyama, a civil engineer who lives in the neighborhood, set fire to motorbikes, bicycles, an electric wheelchair… Read


Man gets 7 years in jail for kidnapping woman who was later found dead


A court sentenced a 43-year-old man to seven years in prison Friday on kidnapping and other charges in a case where a woman was abducted and later found dead in central Japan last year. Mitsuru Suzuki is the second man convicted in the case but the murder charge had been… Read


Parents arrested for abuse of three children


Police in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 30-year-old man and his 30-year-old wife on suspicion of abusing three of their four children ― a son aged 7 and two daughters aged 5 and 2. According to police, Yuya Dobashi, who works as a security guard, hit… Read


Man, woman slashed near subway station in Tokyo; suspect arrested


Police have arrested a 26-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted murder after he slashed a 66-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman outside Korakuen subway station in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday night. According to police, the incident occurred at around 8 p.m. Police received a call from a witness… Read


Man gets 15 years in prison for strangling woman, dumping body in lake


A 63-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for strangling a 50-year-old woman and then throwing her body into a lake in Kiyokawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, last year. The Yokohama District Court handed down its ruling against Kazuo Iida who was convicted of strangling a female acquaintance, Hiromi… Read


Father held over fatal abuse of daughter rearrested for earlier assault


A man held on suspicion of assaulting his 10-year-old daughter just before she died late January, was served a fresh arrest warrant Thursday for allegedly slamming her against the floor about a month earlier, police said. Yuichiro Kurihara, 41, was initially arrested on Jan 25, the day after his daughter… Read


Itochu worker detained in China for 1 year over espionage


Chinese authorities have detained a male employee of major Japanese trading house Itochu Corp for about a year in connection with alleged espionage, sources familiar with the case said Thursday. The employee, who is in his 40s, was detained by state security authorities during a visit to Guangzhou, a port… Read


24-year-old mother arrested over death of 2-month-old daughter


Police in Yamaguchi City said Thursday they have arrested a 24-year-old old woman on suspicion of killing her two-month-old baby daughter at the social welfare facility where they were living. According to police, Reika Abe killed her daughter Ryuna by beating her about the head several times. Ryuna’s body was found… Read


Japan to make unauthorized downloads of all copyrighted work illegal


Japan will make it illegal to download without permission of copyright holders all works including manga, computer games and literary writings, after a government panel adopted the policy on Wednesday. In a report to the Cultural Affairs Agency, the panel called for broadening the scope of illegal downloads, currently restricted… Read

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