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Aug 6, 2014

Panel urges tougher penaties for stalking

An expert panel commissioned by the National Police Agency called Tuesday for tougher punishment on stalking, as well as a ban on loitering around victims and stalking behavior that uses social networking sites. Following the panel’s proposals made in a report, the NPA plans ...

Aug 6, 2014

Sasebo suspect reportedly kept cat head in fridge

The 16-year-old schoolgirl in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, who has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering a classmate kept a severed cat head in her refrigerator, according to a media report. The teen was arrested last week on suspicion of murdering Aiwa Matsuo, 15, after ...

Aug 5, 2014

Dead woman found in box on Tochigi roadside

Utsunomiya Tochigi Pref. The body of a woman in her 20s or 30s was found in a corrugated carton on a roadside in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, according to police. The body, which was found at around 11:20 a.m. Monday, did not have noticeable injuries. ...

Aug 5, 2014

Fukui plant worker caught stealing copper tubing

A 39-year-old employee was arrested in Fukui Prefecture on Monday after being caught trying to steal copper tubing from a metalworking plant he worked at. Manabu Hirabayashi from the city of Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, was caught by police red-handed at the plant along with ...

Aug 2, 2014

U.S. seeks Japan's cooperation in Mt. Gox probe

U.S. judicial authorities have sought cooperation from Japanese law enforcement in an investigation into alleged fraud at failed bitcoin exchange operator Mt. Gox, sources revealed Saturday. The approach came last spring from federal prosecutors in New York who opened a probe into allegations about ...

Aug 2, 2014

'Dappo' drug cases up 151% in first half: NPA

Criminal cases involving dangerous “dappo” quasi-legal drugs surged to 128 in the first half of the year, up 151 percent from the previous year, the National Police Agency said. The number of people charged in the cases came to 145, up by 79, or ...