2 men arrested for abandoning woman’s body wrapped in tarp


Police in Muko, Kyoto Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested two men on suspicion of abandoning the body of a woman, wrapped from head to toe in a tarp bound by white adhesive tape, in the parking lot of an apartment building. Police said the two men are Takahiko Hashimoto,… Read


Husband suspected of killing estranged wife found dead in apparent suicide


Police in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara Prefecture, said Tuesday that the body of a man suspected of killing his estranged wife was found Monday, adding they believe he killed himself. According to police, Mieko Yamada, 68, was stabbed in the neck and chest with a kitchen knife at around 2:20 p.m.… Read


Man arrested over fatal hit-and-run incident in Ibaraki


Police in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested a 24-year-old man over a fatal hit-and-run incident. According to police, Naoya Sasaki, who works in the construction industry, hit Yohei Ogawa, 31, who was walking along a street with no sidewalk at around 10:30 p.m. on June 7, Sankei… Read


Outrage at acquittals in rape cases sparks calls to fix Japanese law


Miyako Shirakawa was a 19-year-old college student when she was raped by an older man. She said that when the attack started, her mind went blank and she froze up. "When I became aware, he was on top of me," said Shirakawa, 54, now a psychiatrist who treats sexual abuse… Read


71-year-old arrested over threat to attack 'noisy' kindergarteners


A 71-year-old man in Tokyo was arrested over the weekend for allegedly sending threatening letters to the parents of kindergarten pupils he claimed were too noisy, suggesting he might attack the kids unless they were quieter, police said Monday. Yutaka Arai, a resident of Tokyo's Adachi Ward, is suspected of… Read


Japan's detention center gives foreign media a look


With its bare cells, the Tokyo Detention Center looks much like a high-security prison, but most of those who get incarcerated here, including former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, have not been convicted of any crime. Japan's system of refusing bail while suspects await trial, often for months, has drawn international… Read


Nissan CEO Saikawa got higher stock-linked bonus after payout date changed, Kelly says


Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa was granted an exception in 2013 to reschedule a stock-linked bonus that bumped up the payout by 47 million yen, former Representative Director Greg Kelly told magazine Bungei Shunju. In his first interview since his November arrest for alleged financial misconduct, Kelly… Read


Male patient in his 80s found dead in hospital room with toilet paper stuffed in mouth and nose


Police in Sakae, Aichi Prefecture, said Monday they are investigating the death of a male patient in his 80s who was found dead in his hospital room, with toilet paper protruding from his mouth and nose. According to police, at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, a male nurse at Toyoake… Read


Man, woman killed after their car goes off cliff during police chase


A 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were killed after the car they were in went off a cliff while they were being pursued by police in Fukaura, Aomori Prefecture, on Sunday. According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:25 p.m. along National Route 101, local media reported. Police… Read


Lawyers say Ghosn surprised by Renault action against him


Lawyers for former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn say they're surprised the French automaker's board has launched legal proceedings against Ghosn. Renault said last week that an internal audit with its partner Nissan found $12.5 million in questionable personal expenses allegedly linked to Ghosn at their Dutch-based holding company. Renault recommended… Read

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