20-year-old woman stabbed to death in Niigata


A 20-year-old woman was stabbed to death Friday in a bustling district of Niigata city, and a male suspect is on the run, police said. On Saturday, police named the suspect as Ryosuke Saito, 25, of unknown occupation, from Ageo, Saitama Prefecture. He has been put on a nationwide wanted… Read


Japanese professor detained in China freed


A Japanese man detained by Beijing reportedly on allegations of spying has been released and returned to the country, government officials in Tokyo said on Friday. Tokyo confirmed last month that a Japanese man in his 40s had been held by Chinese authorities since September on suspicion of violating Chinese… Read


Chauffeur arrested over hit-and-run death of 87-year-old woman


Police in Tokyo have arrested a chauffeur on suspicion of killing an 87-year-old woman in a hit-and-run incident in September. According to police, the incident occurred at an intersection on Edogawa Ward on Sept 25, Sankei Shimbun reported. The suspect, Shota Higuchi, 28, is accused of hitting Taneko Sato, who… Read


36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scam


A group of 36 Japanese men have been detained in Manila over an alleged phone scam targeting people in Japan, Philippine immigration sources said Thursday. Based on information from Japanese investigative authorities, the immigration bureau detained the men at a hotel in Manila on Wednesday afternoon and transferred them to… Read


Man arrested for incinerating father's body


A company executive was arrested Thursday for allegedly incinerating and disposing of his 70-year-old father's body at his home, with authorities suspecting foul play, police said. Takashi Hayashida, 29, is suspected of unlawfully disposing of his father Akira's body at his home in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, between Oct 30 and… Read


158 kg of meth bound for Japan seized in Thailand


A 44-year-old Thai man was arrested Thursday after 158 kilograms of methamphetamine were seized from treadmills bound for Japan, according to Thai authorities. Police called it the largest single seizure of methamphetamine or "ice" in the country headed to Japan. A tipoff led the Central Narcotics Bureau on Tuesday to… Read


Anime studio arson-murder suspect transferred to Kyoto hospital


The suspect in a deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co studio in July was sent back Thursday to a Kyoto hospital from one in Osaka Prefecture after undergoing multiple skin grafts. Kyoto police plan to arrest Shinji Aoba, 41, after he sufficiently recovers from severe burns to be… Read


14-year-old boy arrested for slashing girl says he wanted to kill someone


A 14-year-old boy arrested for allegedly slashing an elementary school girl with a box cutter knife on a street earlier this week in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, has told police he intended to kill someone, investigative sources said Thursday. "I wanted to kill someone, anyone," one of the sources quoted the… Read


3 men arrested for selling All Blacks merchandise in violation of trademark law


Three foreign men have been arrested on suspicion of violating the trademark law after they illegally sold New Zealand rugby merchandise, police said Wednesday. According to police, the three men, led by a 43-year-old Israeli, sold All Blacks scarves outside Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Oct 6, Fuji TV reported.… Read


2 men arrested for forcing woman to pay back debts through prostitution


Police in Tokyo have arrested two men on suspicion of extortion for forcing a 36-year-old woman into prostitution to pay back debts. The two suspects were identified as Masatoshi Okamoto, 38, an office worker from Saitama Prefecture’s Koshigaya City, and Sho Onodera, 36, a member of an affiliated Yamaguchi-gumi crime… Read

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