Murder and arson suspected in Morioka blazes

National / Crime & Legal May 18, 2016

Murder and arson suspected in Morioka blazes

Two bodies were found in a home in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, where a fire broke out on Wednesday morning, the police said. They believe one of the individuals was murdered. Two other fires broke out in the area, including at a house where a relative ...

National / Crime & Legal Apr 20, 2015

Teacher admits to burying baby cats alive in Chiba

Police said Monday they have filed charges with prosecutors against a 36-year-old senior high school teacher for burying kittens alive at his school in Chiba Prefecture last month in violation of the animal protection law. The man admitted burying five newborn kittens, four of which ...

National / Crime & Legal Sep 29, 2014

Slain Kobe girl's blood detected at suspect's home

DNA tests on bloodstains at the home of a man suspected of abandoning the dismembered body of 6-year-old Mirei Ikuta have confirmed the blood is that of the elementary school first-grader, police said Monday. They are investigating whether Yasuhiro Kimino, 47, took the girl to ...

National / Crime & Legal Mar 20, 2014

Death penalty upheld for woman

The Matsue branch of the Hiroshima High Court upheld on Thursday capital punishment for a woman convicted of killing two men in 2009, based mainly on circumstantial evidence. Presiding Judge Ihei Tsukamoto concurred with the lower court's ruling in 2012 that questioned the authenticity of ...