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Man arrested for stealing yakitori, assaulting train station employee in Fukushima Pref

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Police in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, have arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of theft and assault after he allegedly stole a pack of yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers), then fled to a train station where he punched an employee in the face.  According to police, the incident occurred at around… Read

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Mother arrested for murder after 4-month-old son dies in attempted murder-suicide leap

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Police in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, have arrested a 32-year-old woman on suspicion of murder after she jumped from a multi-level car park with her four-month-old son in her arms in August. The infant died in the fall, while the mother, Masae Sekiya, was injured. Police waited until Sekiya recovered from her… Read

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Mother arrested on suspicion of killing 48-year-old daughter

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Police in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 72-year-old woman on suspicion of killing her 48-year-old daughter. According to police, Taeko Katsumata called 110 at around 9:15 a.m. Sunday and said she had strangled her daughter Tomoko. Police rushed to the house and found Tomoko lying on her back in… Read

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18-year sentence sought for stepfather over fatal abuse of girl

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Prosecutors sought on Monday an 18-year jail term for the stepfather of a 5-year-old girl over the assault and neglect that led to her death, in a high-profile child abuse case. Yudai Funato, 34, is accused of causing the death of his stepdaughter Yua from sepsis in March 2018. The… Read

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Man arrested for allegedly molesting young girl in car

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Police on Sunday arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of  molesting an elementary grade school girl after enticing her to get into his car last month. The suspect, Kyohei Ishiyama, whose occupation is unknown, lives in Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said he has denied the allegation. According… Read

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Kyoto Animation will use no donations for business recovery; all of it for arson victims, families

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Following the arson attack on Kyoto Animation’s Fushimi anime studio on July 18, a special bank account was set up to receive donations from the anime industry and fan community. Generous donors from both inside Japan and abroad, including X-Japan front man Yoshiki, swiftly contributed over one billion yen, hoping to do so some sort of… Read

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Man who failed to return to detention center in Tokyo arrested in Nagano

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Police in Nagano have arrested a 45-year-old fugitive who had been on the run after failing to return to a detention center in Tokyo on Oct 1. The wanted man, Shin Takahashi, was arrested at around 2 p.m. Saturday, along with a 29-year-old woman, Emiri Kidokoro, at a hotel in… Read

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Vietnamese intern arrested over knife attack on compatriot

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Police have arrested a Vietnamese technical intern on suspicion of attempting to kill a compatriot co-worker last week by slashing him with a utility knife in southwestern Japan. Nguyen Viet Anh, 25, has admitted to attacking the 24-year-old fellow Vietnamese intern last Sunday at a lumber factory in Koga, Fukuoka… Read

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Parents appeal for public’s help 9 years after son’s murder

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The parents of a 16-year-old Kobe school boy who was murdered in 2010 have appealed to the public to help police catch the killer. Toshi Tsutsumi, 60, and his wife Masako, 62, along with friends and police officers handed out leaflets with drawings of the suspect’s face and clothes on… Read

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Death toll from arson attack on Kyoto Animation studio rises to 36

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The death toll from an arson attack in July on a Kyoto Animation Co studio has risen to 36 after a woman being treated in hospital for severe burns died, police said Saturday. The woman in her 20s, an employee of the company who was on the first floor of… Read

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