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Japan revises law to speed identification of anonymous cyberbullies

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Japan enforced Saturday a revised law that simplifies legal procedures to identify cyberbullies, accelerating efforts to relieve victims on social media and online forums more swiftly. In many previous cases, such victims needed to primarily sue two parties -- the operator of social media and the internet provider -- in… Read

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17-year-old boy arrested for forcibly kissing school girl

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Police in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 17-year-old high school boy for forcibly kissing a junior high school girl at the entrance to her apartment. According to local media, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Sept 21. The girl was quoted by police as saying that when she… Read

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Japan Sports Agency chief slams Tokyo Olympic corruption scandal

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Japan Sports Agency Commissioner Koji Murofushi said Friday a widening corruption scandal over the selection of Tokyo Olympic sponsors is unforgivable as fairness is sought in the world of sports. "It's unforgivable," Murofushi said during a regular press conference. "The (now-defunct) organizing committee should handle this matter responsibly." Earlier in… Read

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80-year-old driver arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Yamanashi Prefecture

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Police in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested an 80-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in death after the vehicle he was driving hit and killed a 54-year-old man. According to local media, the incident occurred at around 8 p.m. Thursday at an intersection on a… Read

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Pro-Russia hacker group stops cyberattacks on Japan due to money shortage

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A pro-Russia hacker group that commenced cyberattacks on Japan in early September has stopped the operation due to financial difficulties, the group said Friday. Killnet claimed responsibility for attacking the websites of Japanese ministries, Tokyo Metro Co, Osaka Metro Co and other Japanese companies, making them temporarily inaccessible. "We cannot… Read

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Man sentenced to life for killing 9-year-old girl in 2004 loses appeal

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A 43-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for killing a 9-year-old girl in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, in 2004, has had his appeal turned down. The Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court upheld the ruling on Jan 6 this year by the Okayama District Court against Kunihiko Katsuta who… Read

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Man sought over murder of mother, grandmother found dead in apparent suicide

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A 25-year-old man being sought by police for questioning over the murders of his 50-year-old mother and 74-year-old grandmother at their house in Ibara, Okayama Prefecture, on Monday, has been found dead in a river in Oita Prefecture after having apparently committed suicide. Police said the man’s body was found… Read

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Male rapper arrested for threatening woman on social media

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Police in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, have arrested a 23-year-old rapper on suspicion of threatening a female acquaintance on a social networking site. According to police, Shun Yamamoto, a rapper from Kawasaki City who performs under the name “SHuN-BOX,” sent a threatening message to the woman in her 20s at around… Read

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'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie'

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Upon hearing “A man was arrested in Japan for stealing a staggering number of women’s…,” a lot of people’s brains would auto-finish the sentence with “panties.” Maybe some people’s minds would jump to “bras,” but in any case there’s a pretty good chance that if a theft’s summary starts like… Read

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Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor

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Bribery allegations against a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member ensnared a third company that sponsored the Games, as Japanese prosecutors “re-arrested” Haruyuki Takahashi for the third time Tuesday. The latest allegations of dubious payments center on 15 million yen Takahashi and another official received from Daiko Advertising Inc, based… Read

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