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Abductor likely targeted Saitama girl in advance: police

Mar 29, 2016

Abductor likely targeted Saitama girl in advance: police

The man suspected of abducting a female teenager who recently escaped two years of captivity might have collected information on her beforehand because he called her by her full name when they first met, police said Tuesday. The teenager, now 15, fled her captor’s ...

Mar 28, 2016

Saitama abduction suspect led low-key life in capital

Neighbors in the apartment complex where a 23-year-old man suspected of abducting a Saitama girl lived said on Monday they were mystified he could have held the girl inside. Kabu Terauchi, who was taken into custody the same day, moved into the apartment in ...

Ex-coach of yokozuna Hakuho given suspended prison term

Mar 25, 2016

Ex-coach of yokozuna Hakuho given suspended prison term

The Tokyo District Court on Friday sentenced a former sumo coach of grand sumo champion Hakuho to three years in prison, suspended for four years, for beating and injuring his private driver last year. Kazuyuki Yamamura, 46, a former head of the Miyagino stable, ...

Japan sends two more inmates to the gallows

Mar 25, 2016

Japan sends two more inmates to the gallows

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Two death row inmates were hanged Friday morning, according to the Justice Ministry, bringing to 16 the number of executions carried out under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration since taking power in 2012. The two prisoners were Yasutoshi Kamata, 75, and Junko Yoshida, 56. ...