The seriously injured police officer suffered face burns, while the other officer sustained light burns on both arms, the police said. The suspect was identified as Yoshihide Taira, 51.
The incident occurred at an apartment in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, in the afternoon when the police officers visited the suspect as part of an investigation. The suspect allegedly poured the liquid on them before setting fire to it.
A man in Okinawa was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting two police officers on fire, apparently with gasoline, leaving one of them badly injured, police said. (Japan Today)
One of the reactors at Takahama nuclear plant in the central Japanese prefecture of Fukui has been restarted for the first time in 15 months. (NHK)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a parlor in Sumida Ward featuring Chinese masseuses for allegedly providing sexual services in violation of the law, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
In response to a series of accidents at amusement parks, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry has decided to review safety standards for devices such as seat belts and safety bars used on roller coasters and other types of rides. (the-japan-news.com)
A wall painting based on the globally popular manga “AKIRA” has appeared at a fashion mall under renovation in Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district. (NHK)
North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday to develop links and boost economic cooperation, the North’s state media said, as it faces increasing isolation over its weapons development. (Japan Times)
As Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is expected to be formally engaged to a former classmate at her university, a debate on the idea of enabling female members of the Imperial family to establish their own Imperial branches while retaining their Imperial status after marriage will likely attract attention again. (the-japan-news.com)
Japan’s Junn Mitsuhashi has cast a shadow over Japanese tennis after getting banned for life for match-fixing offenses, a senior official said Wednesday. (Japan Today)
One of the perks of holding the highest rank in professional sumo — yokozuna or grand champion — is that the title is so exalted, demotion to a lower rank due to poor performance is almost unthinkable. (Japan Today)
The world champion All Blacks will face Japan in a test match next year before heading to Europe for their end-of-season tour in an effort to boost interest ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the country. (the-japan-news.com)