At around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, Toshiyuki Soma, who is unemployed, allegedly stole four car tires for summer driving from a storage unit inside an apartment building located in the Tsurugadai area.
Security camera footage showed Soma using a tool to pry open individual lockers in the storage room to remove the tires.
Soma, who has been charged with theft, admits to the allegations. “I did it to turn the tires into cash,” the suspect is quoted by police. “I’ve done this about 20 times.”
Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has given a farewell address to a Self-Defense Force unit that will leave on Sunday for South Sudan for a UN peacekeeping mission. (NHK)
Hokkaido Prefectural Police have arrested a 45-year-old man in a series of tire thefts in Kushiro City, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
A Japanese government survey found Saturday that the biggest proportion of the country’s public has chosen traditional music as a genre that they believe should be known overseas in the fields of culture and art. (Jiji)
A commercial complex in the outer market of the Tsukiji central food wholesale market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward opened on Saturday, attracting many tourists and shoppers. (Jiji)
The head of the world governing body for baseball and softball has visited Fukushima Prefecture to inspect possible venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (NHK)
Officials from Japan and Russia have worked out details of an economic cooperation program. The plan lists concrete projects and their schedules in line with the 8-point proposal presented by Japan to Russia earlier this year. (NHK)
Wales dropped a goal with nine seconds remaining to snatch a 33-30 win over Japan in a rugby thriller in Cardiff on Saturday. (Japan Today)
Japan Post Co will launch a service to help the elderly with activities such as shopping and health management by forming a new company with seven partner firms, its parent Japan Post Holdings Co says. (Japan Today)
The former husband of celebrity Noriko Sakai has been arrested yet again – this time for the possession of so-called “dangerous drugs,” reports TV Asahi (Nov. 19). (tokyoreporter.com)
Two men blackmailed a man for more than three million after they caught him taking illicit photos of a high school girl at a train station in Machida City, police said on Friday. (tokyoreporter.com)