National Dec 10, 2014

Prefectures providing more support for stalking victims

Since the anti-stalking law was beefed up last year, prefectural governments across the nation have been strengthening services for victims, including provisions for providing shelter and financial assistance. The toughened law, which was amended in October 2013, not only requires police to bolster support for ...

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

National / Crime & Legal Jul 22, 2014

Man, 22, pleads guilty to girlfriend's murder

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing his former girlfriend to death last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, west Tokyo. Charles Thomas Ikenaga was charged with murder for fatally stabbing high school student Saaya Suzuki, 18. Ikenaga reportedly began stalking Suzuki ...