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Tokyo police arrest man over death threat to voice actress

February 21, 2017 - 22:46
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for threatening via social media to kill a popular voice actress, reports NHK (
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Tokyo cops seek man who installed spy cam in woman's residence

February 21, 2017 - 22:39
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man suspected of installing a hidden camera in the residence of a woman in Komae City last year, reports Nippon News Network. (
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Rakuten worker arrested for allegedly smuggling drug from Taiwan

February 21, 2017 - 22:26
A 39-year-old employee of Japanese E-commerce giant Rakuten Inc has been arrested on charges of attempting to smuggle into Japan a stimulant drug from Taiwan, police said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan to toughen penalties for sex crimes

February 21, 2017 - 22:16
The Japanese government will submit a bill to toughen penalties for sex offenders to parliament as soon as early March, informed sources said. (Jiji)
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Man cuts own belly at Tokyo police office

February 21, 2017 - 22:12
A man cut his own belly with a knife near the main entrance of the headquarters building of Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday morning. (Jiji)
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Gunma cops: Anesthesiologist injected self with narcotic during surgery

February 21, 2017 - 04:54
An anesthesiologist injected a narcotic drug into his arm during surgery at a hospital in Ota City in what was his 20th time, police said on Monday. (
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Latvian nabbed at Narita airport with Y172 million in stimulant drugs

February 21, 2017 - 04:50
Chiba Prefectural Police have arrested a male Latvian national in the smuggling of stimulant drugs valued at more than 170 million yen, reports TV Asahi. (
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Polish woman becomes 1st non-Japanese shogi pro

February 20, 2017 - 22:12
A Polish woman has become the first non-Japanese shogi player to achieve the rank of professional after winning a decisive match in Tokyo. Shogi is a board game that is often called Japan's equivalent of chess. (NHK)
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Man loses Y50,000 at pachinko, torches parlor bathroom

February 20, 2017 - 10:57
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 30-year-old man who allegedly started a fire in a bathroom of a pachinko parlor in Katsushika Ward last year, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 20). (
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Yakuza ordered stabbing of nurse after botched penis enlargement surgery: prosecutor

February 20, 2017 - 10:55
At the opening on Monday of a trial for a former member of the Kudo-kai organized crime group accused in the stabbing of a female nurse four years ago, the prosecution said the hit was ordered by the gang's top boss after he became dissatisfied with a cosmetic surgery procedure, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Feb. 20). (
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Tokyo man pleads guilty to stabbing pop singer in Koganei last May

February 20, 2017 - 10:51
A man obsessed with a female pop idol pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing her last May in Tokyo after she rejected gifts from him. (Japan Times)
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Aichi cops nab man in stabbing of stranger on Konan street

February 19, 2017 - 23:23
A knife-wielding man has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed a stranger in the face and arms on a street in the town of Kochino in Konan City on Saturday night, police said. (
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Spate of arson cases reported in 2 Tokyo wards

February 19, 2017 - 23:07
At least 12 cases of arson involving small trucks, motorbikes, bicycles and vacant houses have been reported in Tokyo's Kita and Adachi wards since Friday. (Japan Today)
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Record Y3.6 bil in cash reported as lost property in Tokyo in 2016

February 18, 2017 - 22:36
A record-high 3.67 billion yen ($32.5 million) in cash was found and reported as lost property in Tokyo last year, topping the level marked nearly 30 years earlier when the Japanese economy was experiencing a bubble, police say. (Japan Today)
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2 Vietnamese nabbed for allegedly growing marijuana in Gunma

February 18, 2017 - 22:33
Police have arrested two Vietnamese for allegedly growing marijuana at the apartment of one of the suspects in Gunma Prefecture, and have confiscated 400 marijuana plants. (Japan Today)
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Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

February 18, 2017 - 22:21
The haunting silhouette of Hashima Island, known in English as Battleship Island, rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on Earth. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested over murder of beautician last June

February 18, 2017 - 22:19
Police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested an unemployed 39-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 23-year-old woman in her apartment last June. (Japan Today)
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18-year-old boy travels 900 km on stolen bike

February 18, 2017 - 22:16
An 18-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing a road bicycle and riding it about 900 kilometers from Osaka Prefecture to Aomori Prefecture in the north, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)
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Japanese chef for N Korean leader's late father opens restaurant in Pyongyang

February 18, 2017 - 00:01
A Japanese sushi chef who had worked for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's late father for more than a decade has opened his own restaurant in Pyongyang, people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. (Japan Today)
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Epileptic driver jailed for 10 years over accident that killed 2 pedestrians

February 17, 2017 - 23:59
The Osaka District Court on Friday sentenced a 51-year-old man to 10 years in prison for killing two people, after he suffered a bout of epilepsy while driving his minivan in Higashi-Osaka in 2015. (Japan Today)
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