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Indebted man arrested for teaming up with lover to strangle her husband
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}TOKOROZAWA, Saitama -- A man who teamed up with his lover to strangle her husband to death and rob him has been arrested, police said.Masaaki Ohara, 64, an unemployed man of no fixed address, has been arrested on suspicion of murder-robbery and abandoning a corpse."I had some debts and needed money," Ohara told police in admitting to the allegations.Ohara conspired with his lover Fumiko Takahashi, 68, to strangle to death her husband, Ryoichi ...
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Bank to offer better interest rate if young golfer wins on Japan tour
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}GIFU -- Gifu Shinkin Bank will boost interest paid on term deposits if schoolboy golf prodigy Ryo Ishikawa wins a tournament on the Japan tour this season, bank officials said.Should the high school boy-cum golf pro win one of the 16 tournaments on this year's Japan Tour , it will raise the interest on yearlong term deposits by 0.1 percentage points.Bank officials said the increase will be a one-off regardless of how many victories racked up by the golfer ...
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Ruling coalition loses majority in Okinawa Prefecture Assembly
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}NAHA -- The ruling coalition lost a majority in the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly in Sunday's election.Opposition forces increased their strength by taking advantage of the growing public criticism of the new medical system which has increased the financial burden of senior citizens.The results could also have a huge impact on the government's plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station to an area near the U.S. forces' Camp Schwab in Nago. Gov. Hirokazu Naka ...
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Ex-employee of advertising giant handed suspended prison term for molesting
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}A former employee of advertising giant Hakuhodo Inc. was handed a suspended prison term on Monday for molesting a woman after making her drink wine laced with a sleeping drug.The Tokyo District Court sentenced Fumito Kamizaki, 24, to two years in prison, suspended for four years, for indecent assault."The crime is vicious as he assaulted the woman who was unable to resist or even notice his actions," Judge Saburo Tokura said as he handed down the ruling. ...
More About: Advertising , Giant , Prison , Employee , Term
Woman arrested for strangling her senile mom
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}A woman has been arrested after she strangled her senile, bedridden mother at their home in western Tokyo, police said.Junko Ise, 55, was initially arrested for attempting to murder her 80-year-old mother, Akiko Umehara, because the victim was still alive. Local police are set to upgrade the charges to murder before referring her to prosecutors.The suspect admitted to the allegations against her during questioning. "I was worried about whether I could co ...
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Man drowns while snorkeling in Okinawa
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}MOTOBU, Okinawa -- A man drowned while snorkeling in the sea off an Okinawa Prefecture island, police said.Yasuhiro Yasuda, 50, a company employee from Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, was found by his 49-year-old wife floating face-down in the sea off Sesoko Island in Mobobu at around 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, according to local police. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about 80 minutes later.Investigators suspect that Yasuda drowned while s ...
Japanese taxpayers face heavy burden over cluster bomb ban
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}"From the moment the Foreign Ministry cleared up the issue of how to deal with the United States, it stopped thinking about defense and became really cold toward us. All it was worried about was looking good," a high-ranking Defense Ministry official said, referring to the Foreign Ministry's lead in the Japanese government's approach to agreeing to a draft treaty banning cluster munitions.The Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's Office focused all their attentions ...
More About: Face , Heavy , Bomb , Cluster
2 die in a car crash in Yokohama
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}YOKOHAMA -- Two people died and two others were injured in a collision involving four vehicles at an intersection here, police said.At around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, a van driven by Takashi Kosaka, 53, a company employee from Midori-ku, Yokohama, hit an oncoming car, a motorcycle, a utility pole on a sidewalk and a bicycle, local police said.Nobutaka Hatamura, 43, a company employee riding the motorcycle, and Katsuya Goto, 66, on the bicycle, died after bei ...
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Akihabara stabbing suspect warned of attack on mobile web site
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}The suspect in a stabbing spree that left seven people dead in Tokyo's Akihabara electric town on Sunday had posted an advance notice about his plans for the crime on a mobile phone site just hours before the rampage, police said.Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said it had received reports that there were similar entries on an Internet site accessible from personal computers. Officers were on alert but could not prevent the fatal rampage. ...
More About: Mobile , Site , Mobile Web , Web site
Death toll from stabbing spree in Tokyo's Akihabara rises to seven
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}The death toll from a stabbing spree in downtown Tokyo on Sunday afternoon has risen to seven, police said.The random attack in the Akihabara district of Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, also injured 10 others, paralyzing shoppers with fear.The 25-year-old killer, Tomohiro Kato, 25, a temporary worker from Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, was arrested for attempted murder because none of the victims had been confirmed dead at the time. Police are poised to upgrade the cha ...
More About: Death , Toll , Spree
Stocks slide following Wall Street losses on weak US jobs data, surging cru
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese stocks fell Monday but held up a bit better than expected, as weak U.S. jobs data on Friday and surging crude prices triggered a sharp drop on Wall Street .The Nikkei 225 index fell 308.06 points, or 2.1 percent, to 14,181.38.Traders say investors want to see how U.S. shares fare later in the global day after of a jump in the American unemployment rate rekindled fears of a slowdown in that key export market."The performan ...
More About: Stocks , Jobs , Data
Man fatally hit by train while apparently trying to pick up mobile phone fr
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}TAKATSUKI, Osaka -- A man died after being hit by a train at a railway station here while apparently trying to pick up his mobile phone from the tracks, police said.At around 11:35 p.m. on Sunday, the driver of a rapid service train bound for Maibara from Himeji spotted a man on the tracks of the JR Tokaido Line at Takatsuki Station, and applied the emergency brakes, local police said. The train came to a half after hitting the man.The man was rushed to ...
More About: Mobile , Phone , Mobile Phone , Train , Pick
Missing work clothes at factory may have sparked Akihabara stabbing rampage
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}SUSONO, Shizuoka -- The man who killed seven people and injured 10 others in a stabbing rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara district on Sunday became furious after his work clothes were missing at the factory he worked at earlier this month, colleagues say."My work clothes are missing!" the suspect, 25-year-old Tomohiro Kato, shouted at the Higashi-Fuji factory of Kanto Auto Work s, Ltd. at around 6 a.m. on Thursday, shortly before his shift began, prompting a colleague to ...
More About: Clothes , Factory , Missing
Man slashes junior high school girl's T-shirt
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}KITANAGOYA, Aichi -- A man slashed the T-shirt of a junior high school girl here but she escaped unhurt, police said.Investigators are searching for the unknown middle-aged suspect, who remains at large.The 13-year-old junior high school girl was stopped by a man from behind while she was walking on a street in Kitanagoya shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday, according to local police.The man snatched a softball that the student was holding and thre ...
More About: School , High School , Shirt , High , T-Shirt
Victims' families express anger, sorrow over Akihabara rampage
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}The bereaved families and friends of the victims of Sunday's fatal rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara electric town, in which a man mowed down or stabbed seven people to death, have expressed anger at the suspect and sorrow over the deaths of their loved ones."It's all too sudden, I'm furious. It's like I'm having a bad dream," said the father of 19-year-old university student Kazunori Fujino, who was one of the victims.Kazunori had left home on Sunday morning ...
More About: Anger , Families , Express , Rampage
5 dead in stabbing spree in Akihabara
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}TOKYO -- Japanese public broadcaster NHK says the death toll from a midday stabbing spree in Tokyo has risen to five.The deadly attack at lunchtime Sunday in the Akihabara district also injured 12 others, paralyzing shoppers with fear.Police say they arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene.Local news reports say the attacker grunted and roared as he slashed and stabbed his victims at random on a street crowded with shoppers.Akihabar ...
More About: Dead , Spree
Slow Life, Slow Sex: When PMS turns really ugly
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}Before starting this column, I must first apologize to readers. Every week, I'm getting 10 or more letters from readers seeking help, but it's simply not possible to reply to them all through this column.Most of the requests for help I get are about sexlessness. In fact, there are so many questions about this subject it almost makes me want to grumble about it, but for those in the situation it's a very serious problem, so I will consider preparing a major sexless ...
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Kitajima sets new national record using Speedo's LZR Racer
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}TOKYO (AP) -- Double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima was among five swimmers to break Japan national records in Speedo's LZR Racer swimsuit Friday, raising doubts about the contractual obligation for Japan swimmers to use domestically produced suits at the Olympics.Kitajima, who won the men's 100 and 200-meter breaststroke at the 2004 Olympics, set a new national record in the 100 breaststroke at the Japan Open with a time of 59.44 seconds.Kitajima and ...
More About: National , Sets , Record
Japanese swimmers likely to get OK to use Speedo swimsuits in Olympics
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}The Japan Swimming Federation appears likely to lift a ban on the use of Speedo swimsuits for Japanese Olympic athletes, after five national records were broken Friday by competitors wearing the swimsuit manufacturer's LZR Racer suits.New national records were set in five of the 10 finals at the Japan Open on Friday, all by swimmers wearing the LZR Racer. The swimming federation has not permitted the use of Speedo's swimsuits in the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijin ...
More About: Olympics , Swimsuits
Tokyo cop collared for sneaking into women's restroom at park
2008-06-10 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}ICHIHARA, Chiba -- A Tokyo police officer faces charges for sneaking into a women's restroom at a park here, police said.Chiba Prefectural Police reported the 45-year-old sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department to prosecutors, accusing him of trespassing. He admitted to the allegations during questioning.The sergeant followed two junior high school girls into a women's room at Ichihara Ryokuchi Sports Park in Ichihara at around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. ...
Boy stabs teenage girlfriend, turns knife on himself
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}NARASHINO, Chiba -- A teenage boy stabbed his girlfriend before turning the knife on himself at a condominium complex here, police said.Investigators are probing the case on suspicion of attempted murder.The mother of a 17-year-old female student of a prefectural high school contacted firefighters from a condominium in Narashino where they live, at around 11:10 p.m. on Wednesday, reporting that her daughter had been stabbed. "My daughter was stabbed in t ...
More About: Girlfriend , Knife , Teenage
Trucker swaps 10,000-yen notes in wife's purse with fake ones so he can go
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}A trucker who counterfeited 10,000-yen notes and secretly swapped real notes in his wife's purse with the fake bills because he wanted money to go out for a drink has been arrested, police said.Masahiro Fujiwara, 47, a truck driver living in Ome, western Tokyo, stands accused of counterfeiting currency and using fake bills.He reluctantly turned himself in to police after he was grilled by his wife, who suspected that the bills in her purse were fake, acc ...
More About: Notes , Fake
Car driven by drunk youth with 7 passengers aboard crashes into utility pol
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa -- A car carrying eight youths crashed into a utility pole here after one of them was driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.Police are poised to arrest the 19-year-old driver, whose name is being withheld under the Juvenile Law, for violating the Road Traffic Law.At around 12:50 a.m. on Thursday, the car driven by the 19-year-old crashed into a utility pole along a municipal road in Sagamihara, local police said. ...
More About: Youth , Drunk , Utility , Passengers , Crashes
Tax accountant arrested for child prostitution
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}HIGASHIMATSUYAMA, Saitama -- A tax accountant has been arrested for paying a high school girl to perform indecent acts with him, police said.Tamotsu Watanabe, 46, a certified tax accountant of Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, stands accused of violating the Law Punishing Acts Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.He admitted to the allegations, and confessed that he had also earlier performed indecent acts on the same girl.Watanabe ...
More About: Arrested , Accountant
S. Korean arrested for robbing temple after being extradited to Japan
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}TOYOKAWA, Aichi -- A South Korean man has been arrested for robbing a temple here and injuring the son of the head priest after Seoul extradited the man back to Japan , police said.Yun Chae-sik, 29, a self-employed man of South Korean nationality, stands accused of robbery resulting in bodily injury."I committed the burglary with three others, but I didn't stab the son of the head priest," Yun was quoted as telling police.Yun was arrested on We ...
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Baggage checker nabbed for threatening to blow up Narita Airport
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}NARITA -- A baggage checker at Narita Airport has been arrested for sending e-mails to the airport operator threatening to blow up the facility, police said.Tsutomu Nozawa, 25, an employee of Airport Security Business Center, stands accused of forcible obstruction of business. He was immediately dismissed from the organization.Nozawa sent e-mails to Narita International Airport Corp. from a computer at an Internet cafe in Narita on April 19 and May 2 thr ...
More About: Baggage , Checker
TV mogul Mino smashes world record for 'most live hours in a week'
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}Japan's well-known TV host Monta Mino broke the Guinness World Record for the "Most hours on live TV in one week," it was announced on Thursday.The 63-year-old Mino hosted 11 morning and afternoon live shows in a week, devoting a total of 22 hours and 15 seconds for airtime.At a Thursday news conference before his daily show "Omoikkiri ii TV," he joked around making comments including "I probably should do a live show on Sunday" (the only day he doesn't ...
More About: World Record , Live , Week
University student nabbed for persuading acquaintance to commit burglary
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}A university student has been arrested for persuading another student to rob valuables from a jewelry shop in Tokyo, investigators said.Yuzo Suzuki, 23, a fifth-year student at the National Defense Medical College, was arrested for inducing a burglary in connection with a case in which nine valuable items worth about 13 million yen were stolen from a jewelry shop in Tokyo's Ueno district in March.Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigators suspect ...
More About: University , Student , Burglary
NHK reporter faces punishment for plagiarizing article
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}A reporter with NHK faces punishment for plagiarizing an article carried in a local newspaper, the public broadcaster said.The reporter, Akihiro Ota, 35, who works at the NHK Matsumoto bureau in Nagano Prefecture, expressed regret over his actions. "I deeply regret having written the story without interviewing municipal government officials in charge," he was quoted as telling his bosses.Ota wrote a story on the Azumino Municipal Government's decision to ...
More About: Article , Faces , Reporter , Punishment
2 yakuza admit to fatally shooting another gang member
2008-06-07 00:00:00
{mosgoogle right}Two yakuza members arrested for the illegal possession of a gun after turning themselves in to a Tokyo police station have admitted that they fatally shot another gang member, police said.Akira Okada, 43, and Tsuyoshi Watanabe, 38, both members of an affiliate of the Matsuba-kai crime syndicate, are accused of violating the Firearms and Swords Control Law.Yasuaki Okada, 38, a senior member of another Matsuba-kai affiliate, was shot to death on a street i ...
More About: Gang , Shooting
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