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Police officers explain bicycle rules during an event in Tokyo last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2023
Police panel proposes fines up to ¥12,000 for cycling violations
The agency hopes to finalize a proposal at a meeting of the panel in January and submit a bill to parliament next year to amend the Road Traffic Act.
Tokyo police officers head to host clubs in the Kabukicho district in Shinjuku Ward for inspections on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 20, 2023
Women arrested for prostitution in Shinjuku tripled in 2023
The issue of women going into prostitution as a result of loans used to finance host club visits has become a huge problem.
Nobuko, younger sister of Kotaro Nishizawa, who died at his clinic in Osaka during an arson attack, hugs one of the audience members following a memorial concert for the victims held in the city on Dec. 3.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 17, 2023
Deadly arson attack in Osaka remembered two years on
A piano concert was organized as an opportunity for bereaved relatives to connect and heal.
Experts have warned that the central government must take decisive action to curb illicit activities related to online casinos.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 12, 2023
Use of illegal online casinos rising, along with debt concerns
Experts warn that the central government must take decisive action to curb illicit activities.
A 74-year-old man has been arrested in Tokyo for allegedly attacking and cutting off his octogenarian neighbor's left ear with a knife, police said Saturday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 9, 2023
Man arrested for cutting off elderly neighbor's ear in Tokyo
The suspect admitted to the attack, telling police he did it because she "was noisy."
Police have arrested a 58-year-old man after a 16-year-old female high school student was found dead in an apartment in Osaka Prefecture, apparently from a cough medicine overdose.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 8, 2023
Man arrested on kidnapping charge after overdose death in Osaka
An autopsy found that the kidnapped 16-year-old female student had a fatal amount of cough medicine ingredients inside her body.
Police officers examine the site of a car crash in a square in front of the Hitachi municipal offices in Ibaraki Prefecture on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2023
Suspect in Ibaraki car crashes admits involvement, citing grudge
The vehicle that was rammed into a square in the city of Hitachi had the suspect's mother in the passenger seat at the time of the incident.
A photo supplied by a witness shows a car inside the main entrance of the village office of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 6, 2023
At least 3 injured in two car incidents in Ibaraki Prefecture
A different car is thought to have been involved in each incident, but a man in his 50s who lives in the prefecture is suspected of driving both of them.
An area known as Toyoko in the Kabukicho entertainment district in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 6, 2023
High school girl arrested for selling cough medicine illegally
The arrest coincides with a surge of young people in Japan abusing over-the-counter drugs, such as cold medicine.
Tokyo police had a veterinarian perform a postmortem on the hapless pigeon and determined its cause of death as traumatic shock.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 5, 2023
Police arrest Japan taxi driver after running over pigeon
Tokyo police had a veterinarian perform a postmortem on the hapless pigeon and determined its cause of death as traumatic shock.
Kiyoto Imamura, who the police suspect used the pseudonym "Luffy" when planning and coordinating scams and burglaries.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 5, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring members served fresh warrants over 2022 robbery
The latest arrests mark the final charges from eight cases of burglary across the country subject to intensive police investigation since June.
An advisory panel on the digitalization of criminal procedures holds a meeting at the Justice Ministry in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 4, 2023
Japan to introduce electronic arrest warrants and interrogation records
Video conferencing is also among the proposals made by a Justice Ministry panel for the digitalization of criminal and investigative procedures.
The main office of Nihon University in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 1, 2023
Nihon University football player admits to drug charges
The trial was concluded the same day, with the prosecution seeking an 18-month imprisonment and the defense asking for a suspended sentence.
Shinji Hiramatsu, chief of the Aichi Prefectural Police's police affairs department, bows during a news conference at the prefectural police headquarters in Nagoya on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 1, 2023
Nine may face charges over detainee's death at police station
The allegations the nine face include professional negligence resulting in the death of the 43-year-old man.
National Police Agency Commissioner-General Yasuhiro Tsuyuki and other officials inspect Tokyo's Kabukicho district on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 29, 2023
Japan moves to strengthen crackdown on malicious host clubs
Some women end up with massive debts and are forced into prostitution to repay the sums.
The Okazaki police station in Aichi Prefecture where a man died while being detained.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 28, 2023
Aichi police face prosecutors over death of detainee denied care
The man had been placed in solitary confinement as a result of violent behavior and restraining devices were used on him for more than 130 hours.
Kanagawa Prefectural Police officers examine an area outside the K-Arena Yokohama facility in Yokohama on Thursday.
Nov 27, 2023
Woman in suspected knife attack confesses to stabbing herself
The woman's injuries were minor, and she has already been released from the hospital, police have said.
Damien Veron (center) attempts to gather information on the disappearance of his sister, Tiphaine Veron, in front of Tobu Nikko Station in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, last month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
French man suspects foul play in sister's 2018 disappearance
Tiphaine Veron, 41, disappeared on the morning of the second day of her trip to Nikko, with her luggage and passport remaining at her accommodation.
A man, who said he was jailed for two years, speaks on condition of anonymity in temporary housing for former prisoners in Tokyo. Criminal recruits in Japan are being "exploited and disposed of as pawns" by gang leaders, the National Police Agency has said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
Why Japan's gangs are recruiting online
For Japan's criminal underworld, social media offers an anonymous way to connect with anyone willing to commit crimes to earn money.
A photo supplied by a witness shows police officers investigating a site near the K-Arena Yokohama music venue in Yokohama after a woman was stabbed on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
Woman stabbed at music venue in Yokohama
The woman was taken to a hospital and is believed to be seriously injured.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?