National Topics

Feb 1, 2016

Okinawa sues Japan again over U.S. base relocation

The Okinawa Prefectural Government on Monday filed a fresh lawsuit against the central government over the planned relocation of the Futenma base. This suit is against a dispute settlement panel’s decision favoring the central government’s effort to continue working on a landfill project to ...

Jan 29, 2016

NHK newscaster allegedly cooked up 'kiken' drugs in own home

An announcer for NHK was served a fresh arrest warrant Friday on suspicion of making narcotics at his home. Kenichi Tsukamoto, 37, was arrested earlier this month for possessing so-called kiken (dangerous) drugs, hallucinogenic compounds that until recently were known as dappo (loophole) drugs ...

Yakuza member arrested over 3-year-old's death

Jan 28, 2016

Yakuza member arrested over 3-year-old's death

A 20-year-old member of a yakuza syndicate, who was arrested in Tokyo on Wednesday over the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, is believed to have previously abused the boy, police said Thursday. The Metropolitan Police Department sent the case to prosecutors the same ...

Jan 28, 2016

Fraud losses in 2015 decline for first time in six years

Losses caused by confirmed fraud cases in Japan fell 15.7 percent to ¥47.7 billion in 2015, declining for the first time in six years, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The losses in so-called special fraud cases, such as swindling people by impersonating their ...

Jan 28, 2016

Anonymous claims cyberattacks targeting MPD, airport websites

Police say someone purporting to be a member of the international hacker group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on the Metropolitan Police Department’s website late Wednesday. According to police, the site could not be accessed between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The ...