On August 28, Mitsunori Sato, 53, allegedly struck a 44-year-old male company employee from Furano City in the chest and abdomen after both persons exited their vehicles at a traffic light on National Route 237.
The victim suffered injuries that required two weeks to heal.
Sato, who has been accused of assault, denies the allegations. “I don’t recall [the incident],” the suspect was quoted by the Asahikawa-Higashi Police Station.
Prior to the incident, Sato’s vehicle was weaving back and forth behind another vehicle on the same highway over a one-kilometer stretch, police said. The confrontation took place after the vehicle driven by the suspect victim pulled up next to that driven by Sato.
Sato was arrested on Monday after the victim took note of his appearance and his vehicle’s license plate.
A dashboard camera mounted inside a taxi in Sapporo captured footage of a passenger attacking the driver on Monday, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)
Hokkaido Prefectural Police have arrested the manager of a boxing gym in Asahikawa City for allegedly assaulting the driver of a vehicle during a road-rage incident earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
Tokyo police say the suspected serial killer of 9 people bought ropes and a saw before moving to the apartment where dismembered bodies were found. (NHK)
US researchers analyzing developments in North Korea say the country could be preparing a new tunnel complex for a nuclear test. (NHK)
Japan is arranging upcoming joint naval exercises with three U.S. aircraft carriers in the western Pacific Ocean, hoping to exert pressure on North Korea as it continues its nuclear and missile development. (Nikkei)
The men’s road cycling race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is expected to cover a 270-km route starting in the Tokyo suburbs of Chofu, going past Lake Yamanaka and the foot of Mounbt Fuji, and finishing at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, a source said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
A construction project to create frozen soil walls that encircle the ground beneath Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is nearly finished. (the-japan-news.com)
The number of Japanese restaurants abroad totaled some 118,000 in October, posting a fivefold jump in about 10 years, an agriculture ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)
Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected on a glove of a worker at an nuclear facility in Aomori Prefecture last month, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
A Japanese court on Tuesday sentenced to death a one-time millionairess dubbed the “Black Widow”, who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance. (Japan Today)