National Topics

Dec 7, 2014

U.S. marine suspected in Okinawa hit-and-run

A U.S. Marine is suspected in a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a 67-year-old man in Okinawa Prefecture last week, according to prefectural government sources. The information was first reported by the U.S. side, which informed the foreign ministry, the sources said Saturday. The ...

Vagina artist Megumi Igarashi arrested again

Dec 3, 2014

Vagina artist Megumi Igarashi arrested again

An artist who made a kayak modeled on her own vagina was arrested again on Wednesday, police said, in a case that has garnered international attention and sparked accusations of censorship. Megumi Igarashi, who calls herself Rokudenashi-ko — which loosely translates as “reprobate child” ...

Dec 3, 2014

Fukui man admits burying his mother, sister in his yard

Police on Wednesday arrested a 53-year-old man from Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, who is initially suspected of burying the bodies of his mother and sister in the yard of his home. Teruhiko Ikemi, a guitar craftsman, has owned up to the allegations, the police said. ...

Dec 1, 2014

Remittance fraud cases set new record in first 10 months of 2014

The amount of money stolen in “furikome” (remittance fraud) cases came to about ¥29.395 billion from January to October, breaking the annual record, the National Police Agency said Monday. In the 10-month period, so-called “It’s me” fraud and billing fraud cases accounted for 92 ...

Dec 1, 2014

Aum's successors remain 'dangerous,' intel agency says

The Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult and a splinter group might remain under surveillance for at least the next three years, the Public Security Intelligence Agency said Monday. It filed a request with the Public Security Examination Commission to extend the surveillance period after the ...