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Feb 25, 2015

Kagawa man who allegedly begged online faces prosecutors

Kagawa Prefectural Police sent a report to prosecutors Tuesday on a 23-year-old man who allegedly begged for money online, police said. The police said the unemployed man from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, whose name was not disclosed, posted a live message on a website using ...

Feb 25, 2015

Panel wants terms of contracts provision in Civil Code

A government panel has proposed a range of revisions to the Civil Code, including the addition of new provisions on the terms and conditions of contracts between businesses and consumers. In a proposal submitted to Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa on Tuesday, the Legislative Council ...

Murdered Kawasaki boy may have been victim of bullying

Feb 24, 2015

Murdered Kawasaki boy may have been victim of bullying

A 13-year-old boy found dead on a riverbank in Kawasaki who may have been the victim of bullying was killed with multiple sharp objects, investigative sources said Tuesday, noting the victim had sustained a deep stab wound to the neck. A friend said Ryota ...

Feb 21, 2015

630 kg of illegal drugs seized in 2014; stimulants top list

Japanese customs authorities last year seized 630 kilograms of illegal drugs such as stimulants, cannabis and cocaine, the Finance Ministry said Friday. The figure was down 37 percent from the previous year, but an official at the ministry’s Customs and Tariff Bureau said the ...

Feb 20, 2015

Two Japanese held at Bangkok airport with horde of exotic animals

Thai customs officials arrested two Japanese men Friday at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport as they allegedly tried to smuggle exotic and endangered animals to Japan. The officials said the men from Shizuoka Prefecture had pig-nosed turtles, woodchucks, lizards and snakes packed in small boxes, cages ...