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Aug 24, 2014

Osaka man arrested for allegedly lopping off son's finger

A 45-year-old man was arrested in Osaka on Saturday on suspicion of chopping off his 9-year-old son’s right middle finger with a kitchen knife, police said. Yoshimasa Ando, a part-time worker who lives in the city, said that because his son was quarreling with ...

Aug 24, 2014

Tokyo police to take on cybercrimals with research group, contractor

The Metropolitan Police Department is planning a new research organization to tackle the nation’s growing cybercrime problem, police sources have said. Modeled after a U.S. public-private alliance that’s been formed to identify and neutralize cybercrime threats, the institution will be launched as early as ...

Aug 21, 2014

220 mostly female minors warned against online solicitation

Warnings against online misconduct were issued to 220 minors under 18 in the first half of the year, the National Police Agency reported Thursday. The warnings covered activity ranging from paid sex and dates to underwear sales, and 102 were involved in prostitution or ...

Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Aug 19, 2014

Family sues school over son's suicide

The parents of a high school student who leaped to his death after an allegedly violent dressing down in class are suing the school. The family is seeking ¥140 million in damages from the private high school in Ishikawa Prefecture, for the 15-year-old boy’s ...

Aug 19, 2014

N. Korean stimulant smuggling networks extend to Japan, South Korea

Networks for smuggling North Korean-made stimulants, chiefly via border areas of northeastern China, are reaching Japan and South Korea, studies by Chinese scholars have found. China’s public security authorities have stepped up crackdowns on narcotics crime groups that closely link North Koreans, Chinese, including ...