2 Israeli men served new warrants over smuggled drugs worth ¥15.1 bil


Two Israeli residents of Japan were served with fresh arrest warrants Friday for allegedly smuggling into the country 237 kilograms of drugs with a street value estimated at 15.1 billion yen ($145 million). Amnon Hanoh Tenenboim, 58, and Ofer Menachem Leibovich, 40, are suspected of bringing in the drugs illegally… Read


62-year-old man arrested for assaulting pub drinker on street


Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting  a 47-year-old man on the street outside a pub. According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday. Sankei Shimbun quoted police as saying that the suspect, Akinori Sato, came into the pub… Read


Couple arrested after infant’s body left in refrigerator


Police in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a common-law couple on suspicion of leaving the body of an infant inside a refrigerator at their apartment. On Wednesday, a meeting between the police and local government officials regarding protective custody for children in danger of abuse was held, Fuji TV reported.… Read


Man arrested for fatally beating mother in 80s with bamboo sword


Police in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested a 59-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his mother, who was in her 80s, with a bamboo sword at their home. Police said Kimihiko Watanabe hit his mother repeatedly on the back with the sword and slapped her cheek multiple times at… Read


Abe's office suspected of discarding receipts for hotel functions


The office of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is suspected of discarding receipts issued by Tokyo hotels that may have showed it covered part of the costs for dinner functions held for supporters, sources close to the matter said. Prosecutors, who are investigating the case as a possible violation of… Read


Death penalty sought for serial murder suspect


Prosecutors on Thursday demanded the death penalty for a man dubbed Japan's "Twitter killer" after he was indicted over the 2017 serial murder of nine people who had posted suicidal thoughts on social media, a high-profile case that shocked the nation. In a lay judge trial at the Tachikawa branch… Read


Married couple arrested for assaulting 2 employees at train station


Kanagawa prefectural police have arrested a married couple for allegedly assaulting two staff at JR Kurihama Station in Yokosuka City.  The suspects identified as Makiko Kimoto, 47, a part-time worker from Yokosuka, and her husband, Toshikazu, 49, a self-employed worker, were arrested on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. According to police,… Read


Brazilian man admits raping Japanese woman before killing her


The Brazilian man who previously confessed to killing Hitomi Akamatsu in Brazil's Goiás state has admitted that he also raped the Japanese woman, according to a statement from local police. Her body was found in a ditch next to a waterfall last week. Police identified the 18-year-old killer as Rafael… Read


Manga creator admits to groping 14-year-old girl; asks for suspended sentence


Fans of the manga "Act-Age," as well as fans of human decency in general, were shocked last summer when the comic’s writer, Tatsuya Matsumoto (also known by his pen name, Tatsuya Matsuki) was arrested for groping a 14-year-old schoolgirl as he rode past her on the streets of Tokyo’s Nakano neighborhood. Following his arrest, Matsumoto… Read


Man arrested for molesting mentally disabled boy in park toilet


Police in Tokyo have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of sexually molesting a mentally disabled teenage boy in a park toilet. Kazuo Yada, who is self-employed, has admitted to the charge, Sankei Shimbun quoted police as saying. Police said Yada told them he had liked teenage boys for many… Read

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