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Alleged ‘black widow’ Kakehi pleads not guilty as murder trial kicks off in Kyoto

26 Jun

KYOTO – A 70-year-old woman dubbed the “black widow” for allegedly murdering her husband and common-law partners with cyanide, pleaded innocent Monday at the first hearing of her trial at the Kyoto District Court. “I entirely entrust the matter to my lawyers,” Chisako Kakehi told the court. The defense team denied the charges of murder […]

Two to face court over fatal 2016 Nagano ski bus crash

26 Jun

NAGANO – The head and operations manager of a charter bus company will be referred to prosecutors this week over a crash last year that killed 15 people, investigative sources said Monday. The 55-year-old president of Tokyo-based ESP and its 48-year-old former manager are suspected of professional negligence and failing to take sufficient safety measures […]

Sapporo man arrested at Chiba idol event found with 12-cm knife, desire to kill

25 Jun

CHIBA – A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday after bringing a 12-cm fruit knife to a meet-and-greet event for an all-girl idol group near Tokyo, later telling police he had wanted to kill one of the members. Security guards found the man, identified as Ryohei Abe of Sapporo, igniting a flare as fans lined up […]

Man arrested at idol group event with 12-cm knife said he wanted to kill member

25 Jun

CHIBA – A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday after bringing a 12-cm fruit knife to a meet-and-greet event for an all-girl idol group near Tokyo, later telling police he had wanted to kill one of the members. Security guards found the man, identified as Ryohei Abe of Sapporo, igniting a flare as fans lined up […]

9th Circuit Court: Navy sailors can sue in U.S. over Fukushima disaster radiation exposure

23 Jun

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court says members of the U.S. Navy can pursue their lawsuit in a U.S. court alleging radiation exposure from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the sailors for now don’t have to make their legal claims in […]

Moritomo Gakuen suspected of padding student numbers to claim special subsidies

22 Jun

OSAKA – The Moritomo Gakuen school group may have padded the number of children with special needs at its kindergarten to fraudulently receive subsidies from Osaka Prefecture, informed sources said Wednesday. The number of such children reported by the group’s Tsukamoto Kindergarten was far above the prefectural average, the sources said. The kindergarten is suspected […]

Moritomo Gakuen suspected of padding number of children with special needs to get extra subsidies

22 Jun

OSAKA – The Moritomo Gakuen school group may have padded the number of children with special needs at its kindergarten to fraudulently receive subsidies from Osaka Prefecture, informed sources said Wednesday. The number of such children reported by the group’s Tsukamoto Kindergarten was far above the prefectural average, the sources said. The kindergarten is suspected […]

Moritomo Gakuen suspected of padding number of children with special meeds to get extra subsidies

22 Jun

OSAKA – The Moritomo Gakuen school group may have padded the number of children with special needs at its kindergarten to fraudulently receive subsidies from Osaka Prefecture, informed sources said Wednesday. The number of such children reported by the group’s Tsukamoto Kindergarten was far above the prefectural average, the sources said. The kindergarten is suspected […]

Ex-SMAP member Kimura rear-ends motorcycle in Tokyo; no injuries reported

21 Jun

Takuya Kimura, a former member of the iconic boy band SMAP, caused a pileup in a Tokyo suburb after rear-ending a motorcycle in an accident where no injuries were reported, local police said. At around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, a car Kimura was driving bumped into the motorcycle waiting at a traffic light in Chofu, causing […]

Moritomo Gakuen raided for suspected subsidies fraud

20 Jun

OSAKA – Prosecutors staged overnight raids through Tuesday morning on the premises of scandal-tainted school operator Moritomo Gakuen in Osaka Prefecture on suspicion of defrauding authorities to receive subsidies. The criminal investigation drew nationwide attention as Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was a one-time honorary principal of Moritomo’s planned elementary school, and […]