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Tokyo cops nab 'bathhouse bandit' suspected in theft of Y800,000 in entry tickets

March 23, 2017 - 12:17
A man known to police as "the bathhouse bandit" is suspected in the theft of thousands of entry tickets for bathing facilities in Arakawa Ward and nearby over the past few years. (
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'Chainsaw Man' gets suspended sentence for threat posted on YouTube

March 23, 2017 - 12:12
A 27-year-old man who threatened an employee of a parcel delivery company with a chainsaw and uploaded the video of it on YouTube last December was found guilty and handed an 18-month sentence suspended for three years by the Tsu District Court in Mie Prefecture on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops: Man attempted to strip woman, 32, of underwear in park

March 23, 2017 - 11:36
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male temporary worker for allegedly attempting to strip a woman of her underwear in a park in Edogawa Ward last year, reports TBS News. (
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Gov't considers using 'joko' as emperor's post-abdication title

March 22, 2017 - 22:17
The government is leaning toward using the historical title of "joko" for Emperor Akihito after his abdication as it was proposed Wednesday by scholars on a government advisory panel studying issues regarding the abdication, according to government sources close to the matter. (Japan Today)
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Fuji TV reporter on yakuza beat suspended over purchase of car for, loans to mobster

March 22, 2017 - 22:08
A Fuji Television Network Inc. reporter who allegedly purchased a luxury car on behalf of a man connected to the underworld, is also suspected of lending millions of yen to the mobster, police officials said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo cops seek man who swindled elderly woman out of Y1.5 million

March 22, 2017 - 21:59
Tokyo Metropolitan Police are seeking the help of the public in locating a man suspected of swindling an elderly woman by posing as an employee from department store chain Isetan, reports Fuji News Network (Mar. 22). (
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Hyogo man robs taxi driver, driver buys man dinner, man turns self in to police

March 21, 2017 - 22:57
When threatened to hand over his cash, this driver gave some advice instead. (
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Sweet-toothed thief arrested after ice cream binge

March 21, 2017 - 22:44
A hapless thief has got himself into a sticky spot with police after being arrested for breaking into offices and raiding refrigerators to binge on sweet treats. (Japan Today)
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23 percent of Japanese seriously considered committing suicide: survey

March 21, 2017 - 22:25
A Japanese government survey on Tuesday showed that 23.6 pct of respondents said they have seriously considered committing suicide, almost unchanged from 23.4 pct in the previous survey taken in 2012. (Jiji)
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Tokyo cops apprehend drunk American in assault of taxi driver

March 21, 2017 - 04:39
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an American male in the dodging of a taxi fare and assault of a driver whose vehicle he entered twice while intoxicated, reports TV Asahi. (
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Japan's elderly offered funeral discount to stop driving

March 20, 2017 - 22:16
Elderly drivers in Japan are being offered discounts on funeral services if they agree to surrender their licences, it's reported. (BBC)
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Japan marks 22nd anniversary of Tokyo subway sarin gas attack

March 20, 2017 - 04:29
Japan on Monday marked the 22nd anniversary of a fatal nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo cops nab pair in bag-snatching incident in Shinjuku

March 20, 2017 - 04:19
Two men allegedly threatened another man before chasing him down and snatching his bag on a street in Shinjuku Ward early Sunday morning. (
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Okinawa councilwoman files complaint over erection of pig statue with prominent testicles

March 19, 2017 - 22:08
A city councilwoman has filed a complaint with the city council here on behalf of citizens over a pig statue erected last year in front of Nago City Hall that features highly exposed testicles, reports the Okinawa Times (
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Aichi cops: Man intentionally plows car into crowd possibly due to dispute

March 19, 2017 - 21:53
Police have arrested a male company employee for intentionally driving into a group of men in Shinshiro City, possibly due to a feud with the one of the victims, police said on Sunday. (
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Foreign residents in Japan hit record high for 2nd year

March 18, 2017 - 22:46
The number of legal foreign residents in Japan came to 2,382,822 at the end of 2016, hitting a record high for the second straight year, due to robust inflows from Vietnam, the Justice Ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
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Body of newborn child found in sewage disposal plant of Tokyo Disneyland

March 16, 2017 - 22:43
The body of a newborn child was found at a waste treatment facility of the Tokyo Disneyland amusement park just outside Tokyo on Thursday afternoon, police said. (Japan Today)
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Iga man faces 18-month prison sentence for harassing courier with chainsaw, posting it on YouTube

March 16, 2017 - 22:39
Chainsaw Man (born Kazuki Hasegawa) recently became famous for the crime of threatening delivery company employees with a running chainsaw and recording the whole thing on his smartphone so that he could later post it on his own YouTube channel. (
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Bogus deliveryman arrested for assaulting, robbing woman in her 80s

March 16, 2017 - 22:36
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 69-year-old man on suspicion of assault and robbery after he posed as a parcel deliveryman to enter the home of a woman in her 80s, roughed her up and then robbed her. (Japan Today)
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Yakuza membership drops below 40,000 for first time

March 16, 2017 - 22:29
The National Police Agency on Thursday announced that the number of organized crime members in Japan has fallen to below 40,000 for the first time, reports the Asahi Shimbun (
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