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JAPANESE POLICE

Shizuo Aishima's son speaks to reporters next to a photo of his father in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 21, 2024
Ohkawara execs to file criminal complaint against Tokyo police
The complainant's lawyer said that the execs hope to kick-start an internal investigation into the department’s misconduct.
Tourists ride go-karts on a street in Tokyo's Asakusa area in October.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 19, 2024
Tokyo go-karts draw over 100 complaints in 2023
Common grievances include riders exiting karts at traffic lights for photos and disregarding red lights, according to the police.
Masaaki Okawara (center) and other plaintiffs celebrate in December after the Tokyo District Court ruled that police and prosecutors had falsely accused them of illegally exporting spray dryers. But the civil suit continues as both sides have appealed the ruling.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Mar 19, 2024
Japan's 'hostage justice system' faces renewed scrutiny
The long-criticized system has come under the spotlight as executives wrongly accused of a crime continue their legal battle.
Officers from the Akashi police station discovered marijuana joint butts at the residence of the student's relative.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 19, 2024
Junior high school student arrested for marijuana possession
The 14-year-old male student admitted to purchasing marijuana from someone he met on a social networking website.
The Thunderbird limited express train
JAPAN
Mar 17, 2024
Woman and baby daughter hit by train in apparent murder-suicide
The police said that relatives of the woman had told them she was having problems raising her daughter.
A total of 404 students, including 125 elementary school pupils, were either criminally investigated or placed in protective custody last year.
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2024
Japan school bullying cases leading to police probes hit 10-year high
Of the 292 cases, assault was the most common with 102, followed by 60 involving bodily harm and 46 involving suspected sex crimes.
Cannabis and related products seized from a house in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, are displayed in the city of Fukuoka in January.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Number of young marijuana offenders hits record high in Japan
The figure for cannabis cases involving those under 20 had decreased for the first time in nine years in 2022, but increased 34% in 2023.
YouTuber and former Upper House member GaaSyy after his release on bail in September
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
YouTuber GaaSyy given suspended prison term for defaming celebrities
GaaSyy's acts seriously threatened the victims, the presiding judge said, causing them “enormous financial damage” through online hate.
A man allegedly stole a prized "Yu-Gi-Oh!" trading card valued at ¥4.98 million from a store in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Wednesday afternoon.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Suspect at large after theft of 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' card worth ¥5 million
According to the police, the suspect appeared to be in his early 20s and was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
Takayuki Kagoshima, 55, was apprehended by immigration operatives on March 4 based on a warrant for theft and is currently detained in the Philippines.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Japanese men held in Manila allegedly belong to syndicate running 'Luffy'-led ring
The ring was believed to have coordinated the crimes in Japan from the Philippine immigration detention facility via an encrypted messaging app.
Kazuto Inaba, a resident of Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward, was arrested shortly after noon on Tuesday at the Kameido branch of Mizuho bank. He has already confessed to the crime, citing financial difficulties.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Man arrested after robbery attempt at Mizuho Tokyo bank branch
The 57-year-old suspect threatened a desk clerk with a gun-like object, and demanded ¥500 million from him.
Yusuke Yamazaki, former president of Nishiyama Farm, arrives at Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Ex-Nishiyama Farm president arrested after deportation from Indonesia
Yusuke Yamazaki had been on the international wanted list for his alleged involvement in investment fraud involving overseas fruit sales.
Aichi police assert that the duo also received approximately ¥5.9 million in kickbacks for the fraudulent practice from the company that it placed orders with.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 13, 2024
Two former Toyota employees arrested on fraud charges
The employees allegedly defrauded the company out of ¥11.5 million ($78,000) by inflating expenses and placing questionable orders.
Yusuke Ishikawa, a 49-year-old coroner with  the Miyagi Prefectural Police, is working to identify six remains of victims of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
JAPAN
Mar 11, 2024
Police continue work to identify 3/11 disaster victims
Officials are alarmed by a decrease in opportunities for the police to obtain information that could lead to victims being identified.
Motoki Taniguchi (left) and one of his clients, Maurice Shelton, hope their lawsuit can change alleged police practices involving stop-and-search.
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 8, 2024
A lawsuit puts alleged racial profiling by police on trial in Japan
Three residents with foreign roots have filed a lawsuit claiming Japanese police target visible minorities. We discuss what they hope to achieve.
In 2019, Japan tightened penalties for the use of smartphones and other mobile handsets while driving.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2024
Record high number of distracted drivers causing death or serious injury
In 2023, 25 incidents were fatal and 97 caused serious injury, with about 10% of drivers using mobile phones to talk and 90% looking at screens.
The National Police Agency conducted its first survey on social media-linked investment frauds and romance scams as the amount of damage from such cases surged last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2024
Damage from investment and romance scams in Japan hits ¥45.5 billion
The figure was higher than ¥44.12 billion stolen in remittance and other special fraud cases, according to police data.
Takazumi Kominato's compan, Neo Reverse, ran a rental service called Toke Match, through which luxury watches are borrowed from owners and renting out to others for a fixed fee based on their value.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2024
Tokyo police seek former boss of luxury watch rental firm over alleged embezzlement
The suspect, who is believed to have fled Japan, allegedly sold borrowed timepieces without permission from their owners.
Damaged houses in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, in February. A group of thieves from outside Ishikawa Prefecture targeting the disaster-hit area has been caught, according to police.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 6, 2024
Three teenagers arrested for house burglary in quake-hit Wajima
They allegedly stole liquor and other valuables from houses days after the New Year's Day earthquake.
The murder and decapitation of the 62-year-old male victim took place at a hotel in Sapporo's downtown Susukino district in July last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 6, 2024
Woman and her parents indicted over decapitating of man in Sapporo
They are accused of killing and decapitating the 62-year-old office worker at a hotel in Sapporo's downtown Susukino district in July last year.

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