Tag - stalking



Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 24, 2016
Man held in idol singer's stabbing sent her over 300 Twitter messages this year: reports
The man arrested Saturday after stabbing a 20-year-old idol singer in western Tokyo had sent more than 300 messages to her via Twitter since January, according to media reports.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 23, 2016
Anti-stalking law under fire after stabbing of Japanese idol singer
The attack on idol singer Mayu Tomita has sparked a discussion over the effectiveness of the anti-stalking law, which some experts say should include a clear statement on preventing online stalking.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 15, 2016
In rare retrial, court reaffirms 22-year sentence in Mitaka stalking-murder case
The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday sentenced a man to 22 years in prison for killing his teenage ex-girlfriend in 2013, a term unchanged from its initial ruling, in the retrial of a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, western Tokyo.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 29, 2015
Man cuts hole in apartment floor in bid to rape downstairs neighbor: police
A 51-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly cut a hole in his apartment floor to break into the apartment below before attempting to rape a woman with whom he was infatuated, police have said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 22, 2015
Family of suicide victim sues Saizeriya amid claims of sexual harassment
The family of a young woman who worked for the major restaurant chain Saizeriya has sued her former boss and the company amid claims she committed suicide as a result of his sexual harassment and stalking.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 2, 2015
Police receive 110 reports related to 'revenge porn' in one month
A survey conducted by police between Nov. 27 and Dec. 31 found that victims in 65 cases were in their 20s or younger, while the largest group of perpetrators were in their 30s.
Mar 28, 2015
Stalking cases up a third year
The number of reported stalking cases rose for the third straight year last year, meaning that an average of more than 60 Japanese women every day are being stalked.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 27, 2015
Government studies examine stalking, spousal abuse
Two government studies find 11 percent of women and 4 percent of men have experienced harassment, and 24 percent of wives and 17 percent of husbands have experienced spousal abuse.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 19, 2015
Stalking cases in Japan hit record high for third year in a row
The number of reported stalking cases rose 8.2 percent last year to 22,823, a record high for the third consecutive year, the National Police Agency said.
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.
Oct 12, 2014
Shelters have helped 165 female stalking victims since 2012: survey
At least 165 women fleeing stalkers have taken refuge at temporary public shelters across the nation since fiscal 2012, a survey finds.
Sep 5, 2014
Stronger measures against stalking
In its budgetary requests for fiscal 2015, Japan's National Police Agency includes expenses to beef up measures against the persistent problem of stalking.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 2, 2014
Stalker in Mitaka murder case sentenced to 22 years
The stalker who ambushed and killed his ex-girlfriend, sparking allegations of incompetence in the Mitaka Police Department, receives a 22-year prison term.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 30, 2014
Life sentence sought for Tokyo man in killing of teenage ex-girlfriend
Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a 22-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his former girlfriend last October in a high-profile stalking-murder case in Mitaka, western Tokyo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / 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.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 20, 2014
Missing girl in Okayama found at man's home, taken into protective custody
Child taken into protective custody after mother's recollection of suspicious vehicle, license plate leads officers to 49-year-old captor's door.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 17, 2014
Missing Okayama girl may have been targeted by stalker, mother says
The mother of a missing girl in Okayama contacted police twice about a mysterious silver car in the neighborhood before the 11-year-old vanished, investigators reveal.
Japan Times
May 31, 2014
Anti-stalking laws 'are a dead end'
On May 8, the National Police Agency gathered police officers from all over the country to declare a war on stalking. This gathering was even held before members of the all-girl pop group AKB48 were attacked by a man with a saw at a handshaking event. (It's still unclear whether the assailant was stalking the girls or not.)
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 20, 2014
Stalking cases soared to all-time high in '13
The number of recorded stalking cases rises to 21,089 in 2013, hitting an all-time high for the second straight year and topping 20,000 for the first time.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2014
Beefed-up law seen doing little to curb stalking menace
The shooting death of a 26-year-old woman in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, is a sour reminder that even though the anti-stalking law was bolstered last year, measures against the crime remain flawed.


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