National Topics

Mar 5, 2014

Romanian gets life for Kichijoji murder

A Romanian teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a woman last year on a street in Musashino, western Tokyo. “It was a cruel crime, stabbing the victim from behind while she was walking alone on a street,” presiding Judge Chiiwa ...

Feb 26, 2014

Suit filed over dating, property scam

Twelve victims of dating scams involving investments in luxury apartments file a group suit with the Tokyo District Court, demanding ¥200 million in total damages from real estate agencies and mortgage lenders.

Feb 26, 2014

Ex-NHK official arrested on fraud charges

A former official at NHK’s television technology research center has been arrested for allegedly submitting a fictitious order to an audio equipment firm. Kimio Hamasaki, 56, a former chief researcher at NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories, was arrested Tuesday along with Hiroyasu Sato, ...

Driver in Nagoya rents car, runs over 13 people

Feb 23, 2014

Driver in Nagoya rents car, runs over 13 people

A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after intentionally steering his car onto a sidewalk and hitting 13 pedestrians near Nagoya Station, the police said. “I tried to kill people with the car,” Ryota Onogi, 30, was quoted as telling investigators ...

Feb 19, 2014

Teen denies intent to kill in Tokyo robbery-slaying

An 18-year-old Romanian indicted for the murder and robbery of a woman in Tokyo last year said Wednesday as his trial opened that he had no intention of killing his victim. The defendant, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, ...