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Jul 10, 2014

Underworld suspect kills self in clinic amid standoff

A 52-year-old former mobster fatally shot himself Wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at a clinic in Okayama Prefecture, police said Thursday. Susumu Yoshioka had been served an arrest warrant for alleged violations of the Law on Punishment of Organized Crime and Control ...

Jul 7, 2014

Miyagi couple admit killing woman's ex-lover

An unemployed couple in their 40s pleaded guilty Monday to murdering and robbing the woman’s 67-year-old former lover. Sanae Ito, 44, of Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, admitted to the Saitama District Court that they killed Minoru Hakuda, 67, an electrical engineer, in November 2012. She ...

Jul 7, 2014

Man guns down wife in Tokyo cafe

A man fatally shot his wife Sunday night in a cafe in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, apparently in a fit of anger during a quarrel. The suspect, whom police believe is a 54-year-old Chinese resident of Itabashi Ward, was collared on the street ...

Jul 4, 2014

Kawasaki trio arrested in sex-trafficking of woman

Three people from Kawasaki were under Metropolitan Police Department custody as of Thursday for allegedly trafficking a Filipino woman in May for sexual exploitation. It is the nation’s first sex-trafficking-related arrest, according to police. The police arrested Hisashi Nakamura, 66, who is apparently self-employed, ...

Jul 3, 2014

Man accused of egging office of sexist heckler

Police on Wednesday sent a case to prosecutors accusing a man in his 50s of throwing raw eggs at the entrance to the office of Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member Akihiro Suzuki on June 23. The man, whose name was not released, allegedly egged the ...