National Topics

Apr 23, 2015

Police expand recording of entire interrogations

There were 575 cases in fiscal 2014 of police recording a suspect’s entire interrogation, up sharply from a year earlier but still only 17.2 percent of cases subject to lay judge trials, preliminary data from the National Police Agency showed Thursday. It was a ...

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

Apr 23, 2015

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

A tourist bus slammed into a tree along the road in Kumamoto Prefecture, injuring 20 South Korean passengers on board, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening and the passengers all remained conscious, they added. The police said the bus had been driving on ...

Mysterious temple oil squirter possibly captured on camera

Apr 21, 2015

Mysterious temple oil squirter possibly captured on camera

Police trying to understand a bizarre sequence of vandalism at dozens of religious sites involving a substance resembling cooking oil said Tuesday that a surveillance camera at a temple had caught images of a man behaving oddly. Investigators said the scene was caught at ...

Apr 20, 2015

Teacher admits to burying baby cats alive in Chiba

Police said Monday they have filed charges with prosecutors against a 36-year-old senior high school teacher for burying kittens alive at his school in Chiba Prefecture last month in violation of the animal protection law. The man admitted burying five newborn kittens, four of ...

Thai visa overstayer's son sues to stay in Japan

Apr 20, 2015

Thai visa overstayer's son sues to stay in Japan

A Thai visa overstayer’s son, who was born and raised in Japan and has never left the country, is seeking to rescind an expulsion order from immigration authorities, claiming Japan is his one and only home. “Japan is my home. I want to lead ...

Apr 17, 2015

Mie homeless man walks after mercy killing

A man who strangled his father to death in what he called a mercy killing clouded by emotional distress walked free from court Friday after the judge heard a harrowing tale of hardship and gave him a three-year prison term suspended for four years. ...