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Kennedy aided Hamp's release from jail, U.S. official says

Jul 9, 2015

Kennedy aided Hamp's release from jail, U.S. official says

Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp left a Tokyo jail 20 days after police arrested her for violating Japan’s drug laws. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy helped secure the release, said an official. Prosecutors decided not to indict Hamp, 55, who had been held ...

Jul 8, 2015

Father arrested over deadly house fire had 'worries at workplace'

The father arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his house in southwestern Japan has told police that he “had worries at the workplace,” investigative sources said Wednesday. Police have learned that Kenichiro Suemune, a 40-year-old lieutenant in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, who allegedly ...

Jul 7, 2015

Woman indicted over department store fund scam

A Saitama woman has been indicted for swindling a man out of ¥3 million by getting him to join a nonexistent fund scheme for the Isetan Mitsukoshi department store chain. Hiroko Morita, 51, got the man to sign up by saying he would receive ...

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

Jul 6, 2015

Missing Nara girl found alive; man held for kidnapping

A 26-year-old man arrested Sunday for allegedly confining an 11-year-old schoolgirl has admitted to kidnapping her, the Nara Prefectural Police said Monday. “I forced her into my car,” the police quoted Masaru Ito as saying. Ito, of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, also allegedly said he ...

Jul 6, 2015

Kudo-kai boss served with warrant over shooting of ex-cop

The leader of the Kudo-kai yakuza group was served with an arrest warrant Monday on suspicion of violating two laws over the 2012 shooting of a former police officer. Satoru Nomura, the 68-year-old head of the Kitakyushu-based criminal syndicate — one of the nation’s ...