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Woman, boyfriend arrested for abusing her one-year-old son

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Police in Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 21-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend on suspicion of beating her one-year-old son last December. According to police, the mother, Juri Oishi, a self-professed care worker, and her boyfriend, Kai Furuta, a company employee, kicked Oishi’s son in the face with their… Read

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Man’s body left in house since Jan; wife, 2 children arrested for collecting pension

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Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 56-year-old woman, her 32-year-old daughter and 29-year-old son for failing to report the death of her 84-year-old husband and continuing to collect his pension. According to police, Masahiro Tamura died at home in January, but his wife Michiko, daughter Yuko and son… Read

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29-year-old Tokyo man arrested after letting schoolgirl live with him

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Among the anime that premiered this spring was "Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway." The lengthy title covers most of the premise, as it’s a story about a single young adult salaryman who lets a runaway schoolgirl live with him while she figures out… Read

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100 kgs of cherries stolen from trees in Yamagata

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About 100 kilograms of Japanese cherries, worth 500,000 yen, have been stolen from an orchard in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture. According to police, the Satonishiki brand cherries were stolen from 13 trees sometime between 3 p.m. Friday, when the grower, Seiji Okuyama, 66, last checked the trees, and 4:30 a.m. on… Read

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Criminal complaint filed over Sri Lankan's death at immigration facility

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A criminal complaint has been filed with prosecutors over the death in March of a Sri Lankan woman who was being held at an immigration facility in Nagoya. Masaki Hirata, a Nagoya City University scholar and supporter of Ratnayake Liyanage Wishma Sandamali, accused an unknown person of failing to provide… Read

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Turkey deports Japanese man for eating cats

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Cats are widely beloved in the city of Istanbul in Turkey, where there’s a long history of the animals being revered for their hunting prowess that stretches back to the Ottomans in the 1400s. This love of felines remains strongly tied to the local culture, and today you’ll find thousands of stray… Read

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Man arrested over murder of Osaka karaoke parlor owner

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Police in Osaka on Friday night arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of killing a 25-year-old woman at the karaoke parlor she owned. Hiroshi Miyamoto, a company employee from Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture, is accused of killing Mayuko Inada whose body was found at around 10:45 a.m. last Monday at… Read

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Man arrested after 32-hour hostage standoff at internet cafe in Saitama

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A 40-year-old male customer at an internet cafe near Tokyo was arrested Friday night after holding a female worker hostage for more than 32 hours in a small room, police said. The worker in her 20s was released with no visible injuries. Police officers broke the door's lock with special… Read

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Former justice minister Kawai gets 3 years for vote-buying

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A former Japanese justice minister received a three-year jail term on Friday for vote-buying in an attempt to get his wife elected to a national office, local media said. Katsuyuki Kawai, 58, was found guilty of charges that he distributed 29 million yen to about 100 people in 2019, to… Read

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Hawaii driver gets 30 years after his truck kills 3, injures 4

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A Hawaii judge sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for manslaughter and assault after his speeding pickup truck killed three people waiting to cross a street and injured four others. Police say Alins Sumang, 29, was drunk and behind the wheel in 2019 when he struck a pedestrian… Read

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