Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

Jul 6, 2015

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

A 26-year-old man arrested Sunday for allegedly confining an 11-year-old schoolgirl has admitted to kidnapping her, the Nara Prefectural Police said Monday. “I forced her into my car,” the police quoted Masaru Ito as saying. Ito, of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, also allegedly said he ...

Mysterious temple oil squirter possibly captured on camera

Apr 21, 2015

Mysterious temple oil squirter possibly captured on camera

Police trying to understand a bizarre sequence of vandalism at dozens of religious sites involving a substance resembling cooking oil said Tuesday that a surveillance camera at a temple had caught images of a man behaving oddly. Investigators said the scene was caught at ...

Apr 8, 2015

Machine oil sprayed in Nijo Castle, Nara shrine

An oily substance was found splattered at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage site in Kyoto, and at a shrine in Nara Prefecture. Officials who manage Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, said they found oil stains at some ...

ISS skipper plays 'sho' in space

May 4, 2014

ISS skipper plays 'sho' in space

A group of students played ancient Japanese court music with the captain of the International Space Station early Saturday morning as part of a NASA school education program. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, played a reed instrument known as the “sho” with around 10 ...