On Monday, Aichi Prefectural Police accused Shiken Taniguchi of entering an apartment in Midori Ward by smashing a window and stealing 20,000 yen in cash sometime between May 3 and 5. The suspect has admitted to committing more than 50 such burglaries.
Taniguchi also confessed to about 40 thefts of women’s underwear in Midori since April of last year. A search of the residence of the suspect, located in Tempaku Ward, revealed about 700 pairs of women’s undergarments, including bras and panties.
“I wanted women’s underwear, so I stole them,” the suspect was quoted by police, according to Nikkan Sports (May 15).
Rescuers in a mountainous area of Hokkaido on Tuesday found wreckage from a Ground Self-Defense Force aircraft that went missing a day earlier in poor weather. (Japan Times)
A 50-year-old in custody on suspicion of theft was found by police to have hundreds of pairs of women’s underwear in his residence in Nagoya, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
A bus carrying 54 children returning from a field trip crashed into a car on a road in Kobe City on Monday, leaving one person dead and 10 others injured, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
In a bid to help reduce teachers’ overtime, Japan’s education ministry will launch a program next month to send advisers to local education boards. (Jiji)
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed on Monday to sum up opinions to strengthen countermeasures against passive smoking by revising a related law. (Jiji)
Japan and New Zealand agreed Monday to lead discussions at a ministerial meeting in Vietnam later this month of the remaining member economies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to establish the free trade zone without the United States. (Jiji)
Japanese companies, municipalities and citizens have fallen prey to cyberattacks that began hitting targets worldwide late last week, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)
Australian playmaker Matt Giteau will join Japanese champions Suntory Sungoliath for the 2017-18 Top League season after bringing to an end his six-year stint in France with Toulon. (Japan Today)
Japan’s five leading banking groups reported a third straight year of shrinking aggregate profit Monday, hampered by the central bank’s negative interest rate policy, but the strength of their overseas operations helped stave off a worse result. (Nikkei)
About 500 people wearing ancient costumes and hollyhocks paraded through the streets of Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto. The procession is part of a traditional festival that attracts thousands of visitors every year. (NHK)