Man’s body found in space between two buildings in Osaka


Police in Osaka said they are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found in a narrow space between two buildings. According to police, the body of Masataka Seki, 48, was found lying on his side in a 70-cm-wide gap between the two buildings in Chuo Ward on… Read


Police appeal for help over unsolved 2000 murder of 17-year-old boy


Ibaraki prefectural police on Saturday appealed to the public for any information that might help them find four men who killed a 17-year-old youth in a supermarket parking lot in Ushiku in May of 2000. Police and relatives of the victim, Taiki Fujii, handed out flyers at the supermarket, convenience… Read


31-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of father


Police in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, have arrested a 31-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of attempting to kill her 68-year-old father. According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:25 a.m. on Friday morning. Kyodo News reported that police received a call from a woman saying her husband has been injured… Read


Ex-police officer gets suspended sentence for stealing cash from house damaged by fire


A 39-year-old former police officer in Yachiyo, Chiba Prefecture, has been given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of stealing cash from a house damaged by fire while he was inspecting the scene. According to the ruling handed down by the Chiba District Court on Thursday,Takashi Misono, a former… Read


Intruders assault man with hammer in his apartment


Two men forced their way into an apartment in Tokyo and assaulted the man living there with a hammer on Thursday, police said. According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. at the apartment in Nakano Ward, Kyodo News reported. Police said the victim, a man in his… Read


NPA urges police to avoid impression of racial profiling in questioning people


The National Police Agency issued an advisory to all prefectural police forces in December to avoid questioning people in a way that could be perceived as racially motivated, according to agency officials. The advisory came after the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo tweeted on Dec 6 that it had received reports… Read


Dead man found in ditch had 10 stab wounds, police say


Police in Chiryu, Aichi Prefecture, said Thursday that a man whose body was found in a ditch along a rural road on Wednesday, had 10 stab wounds. Police identified the victim as Masahiro Miura, 29, an unemployed resident of Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, TV Tokai reported. A man walking his dog… Read


Man arrested over attempted murder of ex-wife


Police in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to kill his 27-year-old ex-wife. According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:10 a.m. on Wednesday. Kyodo News reported that police received a call from a woman who said that she had been stabbed in… Read


Woman indicted on cocaine smuggling charge


Police in Tokyo have indicted a 59-year-old woman on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law after she attempted to smuggle around two kilograms of cocaine, worth the equivalent of 40 million yen, into Japan at Narita Airport. Police said Harumi Miyauchi, a company executive from Nerima Ward, allegedly hid… Read


Woman arrested for leaving newborn baby in hotel room’s toilet bowl


Police in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 29-year-old woman after she left her newborn baby girl in a love hotel room’s toilet bowl on Tuesday. Police said Akiko Okamura, a part-time worker residing in Osaka City’s Naniwa Ward, was charged with attempted murder after the infant, with its umbilical… Read

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