Man confuses plastic food samples for the real thing; gets arrested for trying to steal cash


On Jan 6 around 3:30 p.m. in Saga City, a 62-year-old man overcome by extreme hunger mistook the plastic food samples in the window of a restaurant for the real thing. He entered the restaurant with the thought of snatching the food from the inside of the showcase to eat. Now, if… Read


39-year-old man arrested for killing mother, sister on New Year’s Eve


Chiba prefectural police have arrested a 39-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his mother and elder sister at his parents' home in Nagareyama City on Dec 31. Shin Honda turned himself in to police and admitted to stabbing the two, Fuji TV reported. Police said Honda told them he… Read


Domestic violence cases in Japan hit record high in FY2020


Domestic violence cases in Japan hit a record high of over 130,000 in fiscal 2020, with people more stressed and worried about life as the coronavirus pandemic forces them to spend more time at home, according to a government survey released Tuesday. The total number of cases stood at 132,355… Read


Ex-Nissan exec says automaker sought to hide Ghosn's pay


A former Nissan chief operating officer outlined in a Japanese court Tuesday the pains company officials took to hide star executive Carlos Ghosn’s pay, and how they had worried about his quitting for a rival. “Carlos Ghosn is a world-class business leader and CEO,” said Toshiyuki Shiga, testifying at the… Read


Ex-SoftBank worker arrested over alleged illegal transfer of 5G info


A former employee of SoftBank Corp was arrested Tuesday for illegally taking information from the major Japanese wireless carrier on its ultrafast 5G technology before moving to a smaller rival company, police said. The arrest of Kuniaki Aiba, who currently works for wireless operator Rakuten Mobile Inc., comes amid intensifying… Read


Ghosn meeting with French investigators postponed: lawyers

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A meeting between fugitive ex-auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn and French judicial investigators in Beirut, initially set for next week, will be postponed because of a fresh virus lockdown, Ghosn's defense team told AFP on Tuesday. "By mutual agreement between the French and Lebanese investigative judges as well as the defense… Read


Man steals taxi; switches to another cab, then flees without paying fare


Police in Tokyo are looking for a man in his 30s who stole one taxi, abandoned it and then got into another taxi and fled from it without paying. According to police, the man was in a taxi in Aoyama, Minato Ward, at around 5 a.m. Monday, when he smashed… Read


64-year-old woman arrested over death of 90-year-old mother


Police in Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 64-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 90-year-old mother with whom she lived. According to police, Keiko Makise strangled her mother Masako Tsutsumi with a thin cord while she slept sometime before 4 a.m. Saturday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Another member of the… Read


Man arrested after injuring, robbing woman in her 90s


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of assault and robbery after he injured a woman in her 90s while stealing her handbag. According to police, the incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Jan 2 in Toshima Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the woman was… Read


Kyoto Animation arsonist says which scene he feels copied his work and incited attack


Shinji Aoba, the arsonist who set the fire at anime production company Kyoto Animation’s Fushimi studio in the summer of 2019, has admitted that his goal in the attack was to kill as many people as he could. The reason for his rage, as he shouted as he was being taken into custody… Read

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