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Jul 10, 2014

Consultancy, three officials face bribery charges in Vietnam aid project

Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against a Tokyo-based consultancy and three of its officials for allegedly bribing Vietnam Railways officials for favors in conjunction with a Japan-funded project in Hanoi. The suspects, including Tamio Kakinuma, 65, former president of Japan Transportation Consultants Inc., were charged ...

Jul 10, 2014

Underworld suspect kills self in clinic amid standoff

A 52-year-old former mobster fatally shot himself Wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at a clinic in Okayama Prefecture, police said Thursday. Susumu Yoshioka had been served an arrest warrant for alleged violations of the Law on Punishment of Organized Crime and Control ...

Jul 7, 2014

Miyagi couple admit killing woman's ex-lover

An unemployed couple in their 40s pleaded guilty Monday to murdering and robbing the woman’s 67-year-old former lover. Sanae Ito, 44, of Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, admitted to the Saitama District Court that they killed Minoru Hakuda, 67, an electrical engineer, in November 2012. She ...

Jul 7, 2014

Man guns down wife in Tokyo cafe

A man fatally shot his wife Sunday night in a cafe in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, apparently in a fit of anger during a quarrel. The suspect, whom police believe is a 54-year-old Chinese resident of Itabashi Ward, was collared on the street ...