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Sep 10, 2014

Organ-failure death of baby prompts police probe in Kobe

Police are investigating the June death of a 4-month-old boy from Kobe who suffered multiple-organ failure days after receiving a massage from the 56-year-old female director of a nonprofit organization. The NPO, which was founded in 2003 in the city of Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, ...

Sep 10, 2014

Man held for allegedly extorting cigarettes from store owner

A 39-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly extorting cigarette cartons from a convenience store owner, police said Wednesday. The man allegedly posted video footage of himself threatening the store owner on the Internet. According to the Osaka Prefectural Police, Go Nakamura, from the ...

Sep 10, 2014

Blind girl injured in assault at Kawagoe Station

A blind high school student in Saitama Prefecture was tripped, kicked in the leg and injured at JR Kawagoe Station, weeks after a guide dog was attacked in the same prefecture. The girl, a first-year student at Hanawa Hokiichi Gakuen, a school for the ...

Sep 9, 2014

Sex change plaintiff wins damages over golf course snub

A businesswoman in Shizuoka Prefecture who changed her registered sex from male to female due to gender identity disorder has won a damages suit with a golf course operator that refused her membership based on the sex change. The Hamamatsu branch of the Shizuoka ...

Thai police question doctor at heart of surrogacy scandal

Sep 9, 2014

Thai police question doctor at heart of surrogacy scandal

Thai police on Monday questioned a doctor at the heart of the scandal involving a Japanese businessman who has reportedly fathered 16 surrogate babies. Pisit Tantiwattanakul’s whereabouts had been unknown since he closed his fertility clinic and emptied it of all patient files shortly ...

Sep 6, 2014

Two schoolgirls die in Tokyo condo leap

Two female sixth-graders died Friday after jumping out of a Tokyo condominium in Ota Ward, police said. Although one of the girls was still alive when they were found on the premises of the building at around 3:30 p.m., she was later pronounced dead ...