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Jun 3, 2016

Naha yacht bust bags 600 kg drug haul worth ¥42 billion

About 600 kg of illegal stimulant drugs with a street value of some ¥42 billion ($387 million) have been confiscated from a yacht moored at Naha port in Okinawa, investigative sources said Thursday. The amount is believed to be the largest ever for stimulants ...

Senior yakuza gunned down in Okayama parking lot

Jun 1, 2016

Senior yakuza gunned down in Okayama parking lot

Police in the city of Okayama were on alert Wednesday after the deadly shooting of a senior member of a branch of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate. Okayama Prefectural Police said Tadashi Takagi, 55, of the gang’s Ikeda-gumi faction, was found dead at 9:50 ...

Jun 1, 2016

1948 robbery-mass murder still far from being solved

On Jan. 26, 1948, a man claiming to be a public health official walked into a branch of Teikoku Ginko (Imperial Bank) in Tokyo’s Shiinamachi district and told 16 clerks and customers dysentery had broken out in the neighborhood. He told them to drink ...

Graft charges against Amari and his aides dropped

May 31, 2016

Graft charges against Amari and his aides dropped

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped graft charges against former economy minister Akira Amari and his two former secretaries over alleged graft, citing insufficient evidence. Amari has been facing allegations that he received money in return for doing favors for a construction company, which led him ...