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Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

Jul 24, 2014

Truck driver admits to fatal hit-and-run

A truck driver was arrested Thursday over a hit-and-run in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, that left a woman dead after being dragged about 300 meters, police said. Toshimitsu Kawamoto, 65, of Seto, Aichi Prefecture, admitted to negligent homicide and violating the Road Traffic Law, according ...

Jul 24, 2014

Buyer allegedly sold stolen Benesse data to 50 firms: NHK

A name-list broker who bought stolen customer data from a systems engineer working for a Benesse Corp. contractor allegedly sold the data to 50 companies, including cram schools, NHK reported Thursday, citing investigative sources. The investigators at the Metropolitan Police Department have revealed the ...

Jul 23, 2014

Swindlers suspected of exploiting fears over Benesse leak

Swindlers may be trying to take advantage of data leak fears raised by the theft from Benesse Corp. of data on millions of customers, the National Consumer Affairs Center warned on Tuesday. The consumer advocacy group is advising caution against suspicious telephone calls that ...

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

Jul 22, 2014

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. Charles Thomas Ikenaga was charged with murder for fatally stabbing high school student Saaya Suzuki, 18. Ikenaga reportedly began stalking ...

Jul 18, 2014

ECC linked to Benesse data theft

Major language school ECC likely bought some of the customer information stolen from rival Benessee and used it to send high school students cram school brochures.

Jul 18, 2014

Deliberations to begin in Guam fatal rampage

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating in a murder trial against a man accused of killing three Japanese tourists in a crash and stabbing rampage on Guam. Closing arguments ended Thursday with Chad Ryan DeS oto’s public defender reiterating his client’s mental illness. De ...

Benesse leak suspect held; firm plans compensation

Jul 17, 2014

Benesse leak suspect held; firm plans compensation

A Tokyo systems engineer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegal copying for allegedly stealing data on millions of customers from the computer servers of education service provider Benesse Corp. The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Masaomi Matsuzaki, 39, on suspicion of downloading and copying ...