On May 12, Yukiya Terada, a 20-year-old scaffolding worker, and the five boys, aged between 16 and 18, allegedly beat the face of the boy, 15, with their hands. The victim, a first-year high school student, suffered injuries that were expected to take one week to heal.
Terada and the other suspects, who have been charged with assault, admit to the allegations. “He doesn’t greet his seniors,” police quoted Terada, who used the word sempai to describe the elder status of the suspects relative to the victim. “We did it because of his brazen behavior.”
Prior to the crime, the suspects kidnapped the boy. After arrival at the park, the suspects took turns in assaulting the victim, each spending one minute in beating him.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested one man and five boys in the beating of another male youth at a park in Arakawa Ward after the victim did not show them respect, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
A 35-year-old man was arrested for disrupting railway operations on the Keihin Tohoku line on Thursday night, after he jumped onto train tracks following trouble with another passenger on the train, police said Friday. (Japan Today)
A Japanese shoe shop known for holding a “store-closing sale” for more than 20 years finally went bust, a credit research agency said Friday. (Japan Today)
A painting by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat was sold to Yusaku Maezawa, president of Japan’s Start Today Co., which operates online fashion mall Zozotown, for 110,487,500 dollars at a Sotheby’s auction in New York Thursday. (Jiji)
Work to restore the main tower of Kumamoto Castle was shown to media on Friday, about one year after a series of earthquakes struck Kumamoto City, western Japan. (NHK)
Legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement from making feature-length films. (NHK)
A US Department of Defense official says that a second aircraft carrier will be sent to the waters near the Korean Peninsula. (NHK)
A female stork, a species designated as a special national treasure, was killed Friday as a hunter shot it by accident in Shimane Prefecture, police and a local education board said Friday. (Japan Today)
Japan topped the 2017 world skiing destination rankings, replacing New Zealand, Australia’s International Traveller magazine has said. (Jiji)
The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan this year exceeded 10 million on Saturday, crossing the threshold at the fastest pace on an annual cumulative basis, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Akihiko Tamura said Friday. (Jiji)