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Mito Kakizawa (right) and former Koto Ward Mayor Yayoi Kimura in October
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2024
Ex-senior vice justice minister indicted for breach of election law
Including sums paid by secretaries, the lawmaker is suspected of having provided around ¥3.3 million to support a candidate he backed in a mayoral race.
Police officers examine the area around a Starbucks outlet at the Aeon Town Kawanoe shopping facility in the city of Shikokuchuo, in Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday night after a shooting incident at the store.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 16, 2024
Yakuza man wanted for fatal shooting at Starbucks in western Japan
Yuichiro Maetani, a 62-year-old member of the Ikeda-gumi syndicate based in Okayama, is still at large after fleeing the scene in the city of Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police Department's founding in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 15, 2024
Tokyo police mark 150th anniversary of founding
Founded on Jan. 15, 1874, Tokyo's MPD appointed as its first chief, who had studied European police systems and laid the foundation for Japan's modern law enforcement.
Police officers examine the area around a Starbucks outlet at the Aeon Town Kawanoe shopping facility in Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday night after a shooting incident at the store.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 15, 2024
Man shot dead at Starbucks outlet in Ehime
The Ehime prefectural police department is searching for a middle-aged man who fled the shooting scene after the incident.
Media reporters gather near a hotel in Tokyo's Taito Ward where a man had holed himself up in a room and taken a woman hostage on Friday morning.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 12, 2024
Man arrested after holing up in a hotel with hostage
The Metropolitan Police Department said the man possessed a knife, a baton and a rope.
Ohkawara Kakohki President Masaaki Okawara speaks to reporters on Dec. 27 in front of the Tokyo District Court.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 10, 2024
Authorities challenge ruling over machinery export probe
A Dec. 27 Tokyo District Court ruling determined that the arrests of three people in the case lacked reasonable grounds.
Smoke is seen at the residence of the late former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward on Monday.
Jan 8, 2024
Fire breaks out at former Japan PM Kakuei Tanaka's residence
Tanaka's daughter was quoted by the police as saying she was lighting incense sticks in the house.
A screen next to a police station in the city of Okayama featuring a road safety campaign video in November.
Jan 5, 2024
Japan sees rise in traffic deaths for first time in eight years
Japan still saw the third-lowest death toll on record, with data dating back to 1948.
People wait for a train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 6, 2024
Man arrested for pushing woman off Shinagawa Station platform in Tokyo
The man from Osaka Prefecture has admitted to the charge of attempted murder, saying he wanted to spend the rest of his life behind bars, they said.
Emergency personnel tend to an injured passenger on a Yamanote Line platform at JR Akihabara Station in Tokyo on Wednesday night.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 4, 2024
Woman held after allegedly slashing passengers on Tokyo train
Police said she was apparently unknown to those she attacked.
A man was found dead in a suitcase along the Tamagawa River in Kawasaki, police have said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 31, 2023
Body found in suitcase along Tama River in Kawasaki
Police open murder probe after body of 46-year-old man is discovered.
Junya Hiramoto and Shimon Ishimaru, members of Johnny's Sexual Assault Victims Association who claim to have been sexually abused by the late founder of Johnny & Associates, hold a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo in September
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 30, 2023
More men seek sex abuse consultations after Johnny's scandal
According to Tokyo police, consultation requests from male victims surged in September after the agency admitted its founder had abused entertainers.
Ohkawara Kakohki President Masaaki Okawara speaks to reporters in front of the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday following a ruling ordering the government to pay damages.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 27, 2023
Tokyo court rules executives of spray dryer firm were wrongly indicted
The case involving Ohkawara Kakohki, a Yokohama-based manufacturer, has once again highlighted problems in the nation’s criminal justice system.
Kiyoto Imamura, suspected to be a senior members of a crime ring, is transported to prosecutors from a police station in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in a vehicle on July 21.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 27, 2023
Four 'Luffy' suspected ringleaders indicted over 2022 robbery
The men are suspected to have planned from the Philippines a home invasion in western Tokyo, in which a resident was beaten and robbed of gold and cash.
A man who identified himself as Haruki Soga is taken to a police station in Nagoya on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 27, 2023
Man arrested for alleged fatal stabbing of woman in Nagoya
Police received a phone call around 11:20 a.m., in which the caller said "I killed a person" at a karaoke facility near JR Nagoya Station.
A group of 19 host club owners in Kabukicho who own most of the host clubs in the area have pledged to ban the pay-later system by April and prohibit entry to those under 20 years old from January.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 26, 2023
How Japan's host clubs trap young women under mountains of debt
False promises of love — and even marriage — lead to huge bills for some as young as 18, who are often then coaxed into sex work to make repayments.
An artist's depiction of Masaaki Osaka as he listened to the judge's verdict on Friday at the Tokyo District Court
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 23, 2023
Leftist gets 20 years for policeman's 1971 murder after 45 years on run
According to the ruling, the man killed the policeman during a protest with students and other activists on Nov. 14, 1971, in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.
Commissioner Yasuhiro Tsuyuki speaks at a news conference at the National Police Agency on Dec. 7.
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese police to restrict online posts on making guns
The National Police Agency plans to penalize malicious online posts regarding the manufacturing and transfer of guns that incite unlawful possession.
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.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan