Tag - murder



Miyoko Oka holds a photo of her brother, Masaru Okunishi, in Yamazoe Village, Nara Prefecture, in November 2023.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 30, 2024
Top court rejects retrial request for 1961 poisoned wine murders
The court rejected a special appeal for reopening the case involving Masaru Okunishi, who died at age 89 of pneumonia while on death row in 2015.
Satoshi Kirishima
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 29, 2024
Man believed to be fugitive Satoshi Kirishima dies in Kanagawa hospital
The man, who recently confessed to being the alleged bomber Satoshi Kirishima, had been hospitalized with terminal cancer.
A courtroom sketch shows Shinji Aoba (center) listening to a ruling handed down at the Kyoto District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 28, 2024
Kyoto Animation arsonist sentenced to death says he 'accepts' verdict
But Shinji Aoba said he had appealed the ruling because "there are a few more things that I want to leave behind as lessons for others."
Media gather in front of the hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture where Satoshi Kirishima, a fugitive who has been on police wanted lists for almost 50 years, is believed to have been admitted.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 28, 2024
Bombing fugitive worked for decades at building contractor
The man, who has been hospitalized with terminal cancer and confessed to being Satoshi Kirishima, lived under the name Hiroshi Uchida, sources said.
A site in a building in Tokyo's Ginza district which was blasted away in April 1975
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2024
Man believed to be long-time fugitive Satoshi Kirishima detained in Japan: reports
The man is a former member of a radical Japanese leftist group behind a string of deadly bombings in the 1970s.
A courtroom sketch shows Shinji Aoba listening to a ruling handed down at the Kyoto District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2024
Kyoto Animation arsonist files appeal against death sentence
A Kyoto District Court spokesman on Friday confirmed that the defense team was appealing the ruling.
A courtroom sketch shows Shinji Aoba at the Kyoto District Court on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 25, 2024
Kyoto Animation arsonist given death penalty over 2019 mass murder
A Kyoto court found Shinji Aoba guilty of setting a studio on fire because of a grudge he held against Kyoto Animation, in one of Japan's deadliest mass murders.
A man prays on July 19, 2019, outside the Kyoto Animation building where 36 people died in a fire caused by Shinji Aoba the previous day.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Possible death penalty looms for Kyoto Animation arson suspect
The trial shed light on his upbringing, the emergence of his grudge against the studio and how he went ahead with his plan of attack despite some hesitation.
Takahiro Ueda, a professor at Tottori University Hospital and the doctor who oversaw treatment of the Kyoto Animation arson attack defendant Shinji Aoba, has urged Japan to tackle the problem of socially isolated individuals.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Kyoto arson defendant's doctor calls for ways to resolve social isolation
Since the trial at the Kyoto District Court began in September last year, a picture has emerged of a man who was abused by his father and refused to interact with others.
Well-wishers light candles as people mourn the lives lost in Thursday's mass shooting, outside Charles University in Prague on Friday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 23, 2023
After Czech mass shooting, shock, grief and a focus on guns
As police Friday scrutinized online threats of copycat attacks, students at Charles University proposed a simple way to prevent any recurrence: ban guns.
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.
The trial for Shinji Aoba in a Kyoto Animation arson-murder case concluded at the Kyoto District Court Thursday, with prosecutors demanding a death penalty.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 7, 2023
Death penalty sought for man over 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack
Shinji Aoba, 45, is facing charges including murder over the blaze at the animation studio's premises.
Robert Card, who gunned down 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, is seen in this image released on Wednesday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 29, 2023
Deceased Maine shooter had mental health problems, police say
The shooter, Robert Card, a 40-year-old army reservist, was able to buy weapons legally because he had never been forcibly committed to treatment.
Lewiston Chief of Police David St. Pierre speaks as Maine Gov. Janet Mills looks on during a news conference after mass shooting suspect Robert Card was found dead on Friday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 28, 2023
Suspect in Maine mass shooting Is dead, official says
The discovery of the suspect's body ends a sweeping search that had forced thousands of residents throughout the U.S. state to remain in their homes.
The Kyoto District Court, where hearings are being held in a 2019 arson case that left 36 Kyoto Animation employees dead.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Delusion led suspect to attack KyoAni studio, doctor tells court
The assessment contrast with that of another doctor, who said the suspect's delusion had almost no influence in the attack.
Hideko Hakamata (front, second from left) and lawyers head to the Shizuoka District Court on Friday for the first hearing of the retrial of Hakamata's brother Iwao, who spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Man accused of 1966 quadruple murder is innocent, sister says
Iwao Hakamata, 87, spent nearly half a century behind bars before new evidence led to his release in 2014.
Cardboard hearts with messages are hung in the downtown area in Lewiston, Maine, on Thursday, in the aftermath of a mass shooting.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 27, 2023
Maine's second largest city faces aftermath of mass shooting
Maine Gov. Janet Mills said the shooting had undermined Maine’s reputation as one of the safest states in the country.
The armed suspect in a shooting in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday. At least 22 people have been reported killed and dozens injured in the city, U.S. media has reported, citing police.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 26, 2023
At least 22 killed and dozens wounded in Maine shootings
If the death toll of 22 is confirmed, the massacre would be the deadliest in the United States since at least August 2019.
A struggling novelist (Rie Miyazawa) wrestles with life’s bigger questions after taking a job at a care facility for people with severe disabilities in “The Moon.”
Oct 12, 2023
‘The Moon’: Provocative drama bites off more than it can chew
Yuya Ishii’s film courts controversy with a fictionalized retelling of a real-life knife attack at a care facility for people with mental disabilities.
Bouquets lay against a gate leading to the nursery where one of the Thailand's worst-ever mass killings occurred in October 2022.
Oct 3, 2023
Bereaved families endure memory of Thai nursery massacre
On Oct. 6, 2022, an ex-police officer forced his way into a nursery in Thailand, killing 12 adults and 24 children.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves