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Feb 5, 2014

Eight held over phony investments

Eight men were arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a scam selling nonexistent shares in medical and other firms that potentially defrauded 200 people out of about ¥400 million, police said. The men, led by 64-year-old Masao Terao, from Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, have so far ...

Feb 5, 2014

Man nabbed for forging cards with stolen ATM data

Police on Wednesday arrested a former employee of Fujitsu Frontech Ltd. on charges of illegally obtaining data on users of Bank of Yokohama automated teller machines and forging cash cards based on the information. Toshikazu Akahoshi, 46, is a former division chief in the ...

Kindergartners' tsunami deaths hearing begins

Jan 31, 2014

Kindergartners' tsunami deaths hearing begins

Oral proceedings started Friday at the Sendai High Court in an appeal filed by a school against damages it was ordered to pay in connection with the March 11, 2011, tsunami deaths of four pupils aboard one of its buses, and both sides also ...

Tokyo thief caught with 450 pairs of high heels

Jan 29, 2014

Tokyo thief caught with 450 pairs of high heels

A man arrested for stealing high-heel shoes from a Tokyo hostess club was found to have a total of 450 purloined pairs when his room was searched, police said Wednesday. “I’ve felt pleasure in stealing high heels. I was not interested in brand-new products,” ...

Jan 29, 2014

Accused, 19, denies intent to kill woman

A 19-year-old Japanese boy denied Tuesday that he intended to kill a woman that he and an 18-year-old Romanian boy stand accused of stabbing and robbing on a street in the western Tokyo suburb of Musashino last February. The boy, whose identity is being ...

Jan 29, 2014

Ecuador raids group suspected of shooting Japanese couple

Prosecutors in Ecuador said Tuesday they have raided a foothold of a kidnapper group in Guayaquil, the biggest city in the South American country, and captured seven members in an investigation of a fatal shooting of a Japanese couple last month. The group engages ...