• Kyodo News


The National Police Agency said Thursday it is raising its cash reward to ¥3 million for information leading to the arrest of suspects wanted for serious crimes.

The current reward is ¥1 million. The change will take effect Nov. 1.

Eight suspects are currently on the wanted list for serious crimes, the NPA said.

Those suspects include three members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult suspected of involvement in the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, the NPA said.

Under the reward system, rewards can be set as high as ¥10 million for specific suspects. That was the amount paid to four informants in a 2007 murder case in Chiba Prefecture involving a British woman.

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