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Local police chief in Fukui ticketed for off-duty driving gaffe

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The head of the Fukui Prefectural Police in central Japan received a traffic ticket for making an illegal right turn while off duty in May, the police said Monday. Ryota Seijo has admitted to the traffic violation and paid a fine of 7,000 yen. In a statement released through the… Read

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Man arrested for attempted murder of teenage girl in Yamanashi Prefecture

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Police in Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to kill a girl in her late teens. According to police, Mikio Fukushima, a company employee from Honjo, Saitama Prefecture, stabbed the teenage girl in the neck with a knife as they sat in… Read

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Man arrested over older brother’s murder in Yokohama

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Police in Yokohama have arrested a 53-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 54-year-old brother. According to police, Noriyasu Kanai stabbed his brother Nobuhiro, a company employee, several times in the chest with a knife at around 4 p.m. Sunday in the car parking area at their mother’s home… Read

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Aichi man arrested again after having slashed over 1,000 women’s tires to get to know them better

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A 43-year-old woman exited a supermarket in Higashiura, Aichi Prefecture, on June 11, and drove away in her car. However, she didn’t get far before noticing that her driver’s side rear tire had gone completely flat. While she was examining the flat tire, another car drove up. The driver, 32-year-old Yoshito… Read

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Road rage driver threatens commuter with a sickle as incidents increase across Japan

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Although noxiously confusing, Japan’s roads are mostly safe. A license point systems ensures careful driving, and the number of accidents and traffic fatalities is experiencing a downwards trend. Yet, road rage incidents are paradoxically increasing in a society that espouses the virtues of harmony and order. Eye-popping headlines have forced the issue front… Read

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Mother who drowned 11-month-old daughter in bathtub ruled mentally fit to stand trial

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Prosecutors in Kushiro, Hokkaido, have indicted a 33-year-old woman who was arrested in April on suspicion of killing her 11-month-old daughter by drowning her in the bathtub at their apartment, after she underwent psychiatric tests to determine if she was mentally fit to stand trial. According to the indictment, Miho… Read

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Barber arrested for attempted murder of colleague

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Police in Yokohama have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 28-year-old colleague at the barber shop where they both worked. According to police, Ryuhei Hosoya stabbed his colleague while they were in the office of the barber shop in Konan Ward at around… Read

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Man who fled from Osaka police given 17-year prison term for rape, robbery

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A man who fled from a police station in Osaka Prefecture and was at large for 49 days in 2018 was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison for rape, robbery and other offenses. Junya Hida, 32, who was charged with multiple repeat offenses, had been put on a nationwide… Read

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Man indicted for murder of sister and her 3-year-old son last December

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The Saitama District Public Prosecutors Office has indicted a 26-year-old man over the murder of his 24-year-old sister and her 3-year-old son last December. According to the indictment, Tomosuke Anbo, a part-time worker, fatally stabbed his sister Kimiko and her son Haruto at around 6:50 p.m. on Dec 8 at their apartment in… Read

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Pilots on trial in Turkey over Ghosn escape released from jail

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A Turkish court on Friday released four pilots and a private airline official from jail, pending the outcome of their trial on charges of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey. The court, however, barred the five from leaving Turkey and ordered… Read

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