National Topics

Jul 8, 2015

Father arrested over deadly house fire had 'worries at workplace'

The father arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his house in southwestern Japan has told police that he “had worries at the workplace,” investigative sources said Wednesday. Police have learned that Kenichiro Suemune, a 40-year-old lieutenant in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, who allegedly ...

Jul 7, 2015

Woman indicted over department store fund scam

A Saitama woman has been indicted for swindling a man out of ¥3 million by getting him to join a nonexistent fund scheme for the Isetan Mitsukoshi department store chain. Hiroko Morita, 51, got the man to sign up by saying he would receive ...

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 ...

Jul 6, 2015

Kudo-kai boss served with warrant over shooting of ex-cop

The leader of the Kudo-kai yakuza group was served with an arrest warrant Monday on suspicion of violating two laws over the 2012 shooting of a former police officer. Satoru Nomura, the 68-year-old head of the Kitakyushu-based criminal syndicate — one of the nation’s ...

Jul 2, 2015

Ministry draws up bill to restrict drone flights

The transport ministry has drawn up a bill aimed at introducing restrictions on drone flights, following incidents earlier this year, including one in April in which a small unidentified drone was flown on to the roof of the prime minister’s office in central Tokyo. ...

Jul 2, 2015

Japan court orders Google to remove past arrest reports

A Japanese court has issued an injunction ordering Google Inc. to remove Internet search results that include reports of a man’s arrest, court documents showed Thursday. The Saitama District Court order dated June 25 said the man, who was convicted of violating the child ...