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The Nihon University football club dormitory on Monday in Tokyo
Oct 19, 2023
Nihon University vice president urged to quit over drug scandal
Members of Nihon University's executive team have urged the vice president of the school to quit over the handling of a drug scandal at its football club.
A 46-year-old priest was arrested Thursday for possessing marijuana at his home in Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, according to an NHK report.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 19, 2023
Chiba priest arrested for marijuana possession: NHK
Police arrested the priest at Rengeji Temple for possessing dried marijuana at his home.
Police are looking for a suspect in his 40s to 50s following an assault and robbery in Hachioji, western Tokyo, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 12, 2023
Police hunting for suspect after assault and robbery in Tokyo house
The suspect is described as a man in his 40s to 50s wearing a gray jacket and pants and standing 180 centimeters tall.
Firefighters arrive at Sendai Station following the report of a possible chemical leak inside a train on Monday.
Oct 9, 2023
Chemical leak injures four passengers on Tohoku Shinkansen
JR East staff confirmed something like smoke was rising from one of the cars and passengers were asked to evacuate.
Pedestrians look on after a car plowed into a line of people in Tokyo's famous Shibuya scramble intersection Saturday evening.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 8, 2023
Two seriously hurt in accident near Tokyo's Shibuya crossing
Local media reports said Sunday that one of the men hit in the incident had suffered a fractured pelvis and another a fractured skull.
Mount Asahi, in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, is seen from Mount Sanbonyari. The bodies of four elderly hikers were found Saturday morning near a trail on Mount Asahi.
Oct 7, 2023
Four elderly hikers die near mountain trail in eastern Japan
The four, two men and two women, believed to be in their 60s and 70s, are likely to have lost their way on the 1,896-meter peak in the town of Nasu.
Yotsuya Otsuka cram school head office in Nakano Ward, Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Oct 6, 2023
Cram school teacher arrests ignite child safety debate
Two cram school teachers in Tokyo were arrested for allegedly taking photos of a female student's underwear and sharing them on a group chat.
The number of phone fraud cases involving international calls has been rising sharply in recent months.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 4, 2023
Japan logs sharp rise in phone fraud using international calls
Over half of telephone fraud cases reported in September involved international phone numbers.
The Kabukicho area in Tokyo's Shinjuku district
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 3, 2023
80 women arrested in Tokyo's Kabukicho over alleged prostitution
Police have been cracking down on prostitution in the nightlife district amid a surge of activity following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
A Yotsuya Otsuka cram school in Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 2, 2023
Second ex-Tokyo cram school teacher arrested for upskirt video
Narumi Nakamura allegedly asked his colleague to take a video of a 7-year-old student's underwear.
Makoto Nishimoto during his campaign rally in December 2022. On Wednesday, Nishimoto, a member of the Miyazaki Municipal Assembly who goes by the name Super Crazy-kun, was indicted on sexual assault charges.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Japan politician Super Crazy-kun indicted on sexual assault charges
Makoto Nishimoto was charged on the grounds of nonconsensual sexual intercourse resulting in injury. The victim was a female acquaintance in her 30s.
A screenshot from the Metropolitan Police Department's Twitter account warning of messages that appear to be recruiting people for paid criminal activities, posted in May 2021
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Police to scan social media with AI in hunt for online crime
The AI will not only look for specific keywords but also identify posts suspected to contain harmful information based on context.
BlackTech, a Chinese government-linked group that has been active since 2010, breached company headquarters through the infiltration of international subsidiaries, according to Japanese and U.S. security agencies.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Japan and U.S. warn of corporate hacking by China-linked group
BlackTech, a group that has been active since 2010, was said to have targeted a variety of sectors including technology and telecommunications.
Two patients were fatally stabbed at a hospital in in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2023
Two patients fatally stabbed by family member at Shizuoka hospital
Kenichi Saito's wife, Chizuko, 72, and daughter Seiko, 40, had been hospitalized in separate rooms on the same floor.
Shinya Tokita enters a police station in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2023
Online casino settlement agents arrested in Japan
Police believe the suspects transferred tens of billions of yen and earned more than ¥2.1 billion in commission fees.
A 91-year-old driver was referred to prosecutors Friday for allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a small dog in Nagoya in July.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 23, 2023
91-year-old referred to prosecutors over hit-and-run of dog in Japan
It is unusual for a case to be filed for an accident involving a pet, though the man could have also potentially hit a 6-year-old girl walking the dog.
Two American men were arrested for allegedly entering and filming a hotel construction site in Osaka's Chuo Ward without permission.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2023
Controversial U.S. livestreamer arrested over trespassing in Osaka
Ramsey Khalid Ismael, known as "Johnny Somali" on YouTube, was arrested with another American, Jeremiah Dwane Branch.
Yusuke Hashimoto (center) leaves the Metropolitan Police Department in a police car on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2023
Former Japan cancer center doctor arrested over bribery
The doctor allegedly had Zeon Medical company pay ¥1.7 million into his bank account in 2021 in exchange for ensuring the usage of their products.
GaaSyy bows after being released on bail from the Tokyo Detention House in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2023
Ex-lawmaker and YouTuber GaaSyy released on ¥30 million bail
The expelled lawmaker has been indicted on five charges including habitual online intimidation of celebrities.
Leaves of marijuana plants from which hemp fibers are extracted at Japan's largest legal marijuana farm in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture, on July 5, 2016
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 21, 2023
Does a university cannabis scandal point to a larger trend?
A drugs scandal at Japan’s biggest university draws attention to a troubling statistic: Cannabis use among young people is on the rise.


Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world