Developments (or in one case, a notable lack of progress) in five criminal cases that have been in the news recently:
- Prosecutors are planning to charge former farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa over allegations that he received a total of ¥5 million from an egg production company while in office, sources say. Yoshikawa has admitted to receiving cash, but reportedly explained during voluntary questioning that he had taken it as an “inaugural celebration.”
- Much about the killer of a family of four in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward still remains a mystery despite many clues, including fingerprints and bloodstains, left at the site of the high-profile homicide case 20 years ago. The capital’s police, who have detected a DNA sample of a man, are pinning high hopes on advancements in forensic science to finally crack the case.
- A former SoftBank employee has been arrested on suspicion of illegally disclosing 5G trade secrets to his new employer, Rakuten Mobile, as it was preparing to launch its own mobile network. Tokyo police arrested Kuniaki Aiba, 45, on suspicion of breaching a law preventing unfair competition.
- An artist won a damages suit Thursday over a claim that a merchants’ association in Nara Prefecture copied one of his artworks featuring a phone booth filled with water and goldfish. The Osaka High Court ordered the group to compensate Nobuki Yamamoto, 64, a contemporary artist, with ¥550,000 and destroy a similar installation in a city known for its goldfish farms.
- A man was arrested Wednesday in Saitama Prefecture for allegedly forging and sending out dozens of special popsicle sticks to an ice cream manufacturer so they could be redeemed for popular Pokemon cards by the company. The firm contacted the police after receiving a number of lucky popsicle sticks from what was believed to be one person, local police said.