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Man arrested over death of 19-year-old girlfriend in apartment in Osaka Prefecture

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Police in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 26-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 19-year-old girlfriend at her apartment on Saturday. Police said Masaru Nishimitsu, who lives in Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, is accused of stabbing to death Karen Watanabe, a university student, Kyodo News reported. Police said Nishimitsu… Read

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Woman arrested on suspicion of abandoning baby at home after giving birth in toilet

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Police in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, have arrested a 31-year-old unemployed woman on suspicion of abandoning the body of a newborn baby after giving birth at home. According to police, the woman, who has an intellectual disability, gave birth to the infant in the toilet at around 2:40 p.m. on May… Read

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Law change lets Japanese police crack down on rule-breaking cyclists

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Japan's parliament on Friday passed a bill that will permit police to fine cyclists for minor traffic violations, as authorities respond to an increase in accidents that has come in line with a boom in cycle commuting that began during the coronavirus pandemic. When the revised Road Traffic Act comes… Read

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2 men suffer knife wounds after being attacked in Osaka bar

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Two men suffered knife wounds after a fight broke out among a group of men at a bar in in Minami, Osaka, on Saturday morning. According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:10 a.m. at a bar on the second floor of a building in Chuo Ward, Sankei Shimbun… Read

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Teacher arrested for indecency on Tokyo Disneyland field trip

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An elementary school teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of exposing his genitals and thrusting them toward a woman while leading a field trip at Tokyo Disneyland, police said. Mamoru Sueki, 53, was restrained by the woman in her 20s as he tried to get away, and staff at the… Read

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Toyama woman in her 70s loses ¥50 mil in gold investment scam

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A woman in her 70s living in Toyama City lost 50 million yen in a gold investment scam, police said Friday. According to the police, in February, the woman saw an advertisement on the Line messaging app from someone claiming to be an analyst at a securities company offering stock… Read

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21-year-old man arrested for head butting police officer in Yamagata

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Police in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, have arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of assault after he headbutted a police officer. The incident occurred in a parking lot at around 1:45 a.m. Friday, broadcaster TBS reported. The officer was responding to a traffic accident report at the time. Police said… Read

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Fringe group members arrested for obstructing rival Diet candidates' campaigns

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Tokyo police took the unusual step of arresting the leader of a fringe political group and two associates on Friday for allegedly obstructing campaigning of competing candidates in the lead-up to a Diet by-election in April, investigative sources said. Atsuhiko Kurokawa, 45, leader of the Tokyo-based group "Tsubasa no To,"… Read

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500 melons stolen from greenhouse in Ibaraki Prefecture

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Approximately 500 red melons ready for harvest were stolen from a greenhouse in Hokota City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this week, police said Thursday. This is the third case of melon theft this year in Hokota City which is one of Japan’s leading melon-growing areas. According to police, the 76-year-old grower called… Read

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Japan gov't again ordered to pay damages over Cameroon detainee death

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A Japanese high court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling ordering the government to pay 1.65 million yen in damages to the bereaved family of a Cameroonian man who died in 2014 while being detained in an immigration control facility in eastern Japan. The mother of the 43-year-old man… Read

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