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Jul 7, 2014

Miyagi couple admit killing woman's ex-lover

An unemployed couple in their 40s pleaded guilty Monday to murdering and robbing the woman’s 67-year-old former lover. Sanae Ito, 44, of Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, admitted to the Saitama District Court that they killed Minoru Hakuda, 67, an electrical engineer, in November 2012. She ...

Jul 7, 2014

Man guns down wife in Tokyo cafe

A man fatally shot his wife Sunday night in a cafe in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, apparently in a fit of anger during a quarrel. The suspect, whom police believe is a 54-year-old Chinese resident of Itabashi Ward, was collared on the street ...

Jul 4, 2014

Kawasaki trio arrested in sex-trafficking of woman

Three people from Kawasaki were under Metropolitan Police Department custody as of Thursday for allegedly trafficking a Filipino woman in May for sexual exploitation. It is the nation’s first sex-trafficking-related arrest, according to police. The police arrested Hisashi Nakamura, 66, who is apparently self-employed, ...

Jul 3, 2014

Man accused of egging office of sexist heckler

Police on Wednesday sent a case to prosecutors accusing a man in his 50s of throwing raw eggs at the entrance to the office of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member Akihiro Suzuki on June 23. The man, whose name was not released, allegedly egged the ...

Jul 3, 2014

Kudo-kai fourth yakuza syndicate blacklisted by U.S.

The U.S. Treasury Department slapped economic sanctions on a major yakuza underworld syndicate and its leaders Wednesday, the fourth such Japanese gang to be blacklisted. The department said it has frozen any assets held by Kudo-kai, its president, Satoru Nomura, and its chief, Fumio ...