National Topics

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 ...

Jul 3, 2014

Kudo-kai fourth yakuza syndicate blacklisted by U.S.

The U.S. Treasury Department slapped economic sanctions on a major yakuza underworld syndicate and its leaders Wednesday, the fourth such Japanese gang to be blacklisted. The department said it has frozen any assets held by Kudo-kai, its president, Satoru Nomura, and its chief, Fumio ...

Jul 1, 2014

Gun used in suspected Kanagawa father-son suicide

Kanagawa Prefectural Police said they have identified two bodies with gunshot wounds found Monday in a mountainous area as those of a 73-year-old man from Atsugi and his 43-year-old son. The police said it might be a case of double suicide. The bodies were ...