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Thieves steal 60,000 persimmons from Gifu orchard

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Gifu prefectural police are investigating the theft of 60,000 persimmons from an orchard last week.  The high-grade Fuyu variety of persimmons, stolen from about 400 trees, were worth around 3 million yen in total, Sankei Shimbun quoted police as saying. The 63-year-old grower called police to report the theft on… Read

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Ghosn determined to restore his reputation

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Carlos Ghosn, the former auto industry superstar whose career screeched to a halt with his arrest three years ago, isn't about to settle into quiet retirement. The former head of the Nissan-Renault alliance fled to Lebanon in late 2019, while out on bail facing financial misconduct charges in Japan. In… Read

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Man arrested over murder of woman in Saitama last month

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Police in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 27-year-old unemployed woman in September. Police said the suspect, Suguru Tomita, a self-proclaimed company employee who lives in Higashimurayama, Tokyo, has denied killing Hidemi Miyazaki, Sankei Shimbun reported. Miyazaki was found dead in her apartment… Read

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Man arrested for stealing woman’s underwear from laundry

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Police in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of stealing five items of a woman’s underwear from a coin laundry in May 2020.  Police said the suspect, Go Kimura, who is a chef, has admitted to stealing the underwear belonging to a 21-year-old woman while they… Read

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Japan seeks to make online insults punishable by jail time

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A plan to introduce prison terms as part of tougher penalties for online insults in Japan was approved this week by an advisory panel amid a growing need to tackle cyberbullying, the Justice Ministry said. Recent high-profile cases in Japan involving insults in cyberspace include the death of Hana Kimura,… Read

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Prosecutors drop indictment against man over sexually assaulting woman in hotel

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Prosecutors in Tokyo have dropped their indictment against a 38-year-old man who was arrested in June on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s in a hotel. The man met the woman, who was apparently intoxicated and could hardly stand up, outside the west exit of JR Ikebukuro… Read

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2 bus company execs go on trial over 2016 fatal crash in Nagano

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The president of a bus company and another executive charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury went on trial on Thursday over a fatal bus crash that claimed the lives of 13 passengers and two drivers in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, on Jan 15, 2016. Misaku Takahashi, 60, president of Tokyo-based bus company ESP, and… Read

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Ex-U.S. envoy Hagerty slams Japan's justice system over Nissan case

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty on Wednesday accused Japan of what he called an "inhumane" justice system, citing the ongoing case of a former Nissan Motor Co executive who was arrested along with his boss Carlos Ghosn in 2018 in Japan over financial misconduct allegations. Hagerty, now a… Read

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Man arrested for stalking airline cabin attendant

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of stalking an airline cabin attendant. According to police, Motoyuki Yamane, a company employee, has denied the charge, Fuji TV reported. The cabin attendant, who is in her 30s, told police she first met Yamane in the terminal at Haneda… Read

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Man arrested for forcing his pet cat to swim

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A 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of abusing his pet cat by forcing it to swim in a bathtub, police in Aichi Prefecture said Wednesday. The unemployed man had posted a photo and a video of the kitten being forced to swim on social media, the police said.… Read

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