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Man questioned over corpse found on his boat

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Police in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, are questioning a Nepalese man after a decayed body was found on his motorboat at a marina. According to police, the naked corpse, whose age and gender are unknown, was found wrapped in a plastic blue sheet inside a wooden box on the boat on… Read

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Mother gets 8 years in prison over fatal abuse of 5-year-old daughter

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A Japanese court sentenced a woman to an eight-year prison term on Tuesday for parental neglect that led to the death of her 5-year-old daughter last year in a high-profile child abuse case. The Tokyo District Court said Yuri Funato, 27, was aware of her then husband's abuse of Yua,… Read

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Famous race horses found with their manes partially cut

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Two famous racehorses were found with their manes partially cut on Versailles Farm in Hidaka, Hokkaido, police said Monday. One of the champion horses, Taiki Shuttle, has been inducted into the Japan Racing Association (JRA) Hall of Fame after winning 11 of 13 Grade-1 races before being put out to… Read

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Father arrested for beating son with wooden bat

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Police in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly beat his elementary school son several times with a wooden bat at their home. According to police, the unnamed suspect, who is a company employee, beat his son at around 10:25 a.m. on Saturday.… Read

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New service pays 'bounty hunters' to catch shoplifters and train gropers

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Are you living in Japan and strapped for yen? A new service and website created by Insotsu Inc called Bounty Hunter might be of assistance. As the name implies, the service allows members of the general public to become "bounty hunters" eligible for cash rewards in return for doing things like stopping… Read

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Woman arrested after threatening police officer with knife in Sendai koban

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A 32-year-old unemployed woman was arrested after she threatened a police officer in a koban (police box) with a knife in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:25 p.m. Saturday at the koban in Aoba Ward, Fuji TV reported. Police said that when the woman,… Read

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7 injured after taxi veers into street music event in Nagoya

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Seven people were injured Saturday after a taxi driven by a 75-year-old man veered onto a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd watching a street music performance in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, police said. Four men in their 20s to 60s and three women in their 20s to 30s were hurt… Read

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83-year-old man arrested for killing wife with hammer

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Police in Tokyo said Sunday they have arrested an 83-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 85-year-old wife by repeatedly hitting her on the head with a hammer. According to police, Teruo Kimura has admitted to killing his wife Fumiko as she slept at around 3 a.m. Saturday at their… Read

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Former exec convicted of bribery in 1st plea deal case in Japan

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A former executive of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd has been found guilty of bribing a senior Thai official over a power plant project, in Japan's first case involving a plea bargain. The Tokyo District Court on Friday imposed a prison term of 18 months, suspended for three years, on… Read

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3 men suspected of stealing about 70 cars

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing about 70 cars worth about 80 million yen in Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures since January 2018. According to police, two of the suspects, who were classmates since elementary school, were apprehended at the crime scene, Sankei Shimbun reported. They were identified… Read

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