On the evening of May 16, Mariko Kusunoki, a 31-year-old resident of Kyoto’s Joyo City, allegedly ignited some cardboard boxes inside a storage room at the private kindergarten, causing burns to some shelving.
At the time of the incident, Kusunoki was among three persons at the school. She was seen by a witness inside the storage room immediately before the fire started.
Kusunokie, who has been accused of attempted arson inside an inhabited structure, denies the charges, telling police she has nothing to say about the matter.
Two weeks later, clothes and other items at the school were set ablaze under suspicious circumstances. Police are investigating whether there is a connection between the two incidents.
The US Navy says it has found several bodies on the USS Fitzgerald destroyer. They are believed to be crew members missing after the ship collided with a Philippine-flagged container vessel off eastern Japan. (NHK)
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 31-year-old teacher in an alleged attempted arson case at a kindergarten in Miyakojima Ward last month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)
Now that Japan’s parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to step down, the government is starting to dig into the details of the process. (Nikkei)
Train buffs and railway officials have attended the launch of a luxury sleeper train journey from Osaka Station. (NHK)
Hundreds of dolls, from Hello Kitty to Disney favourites, are packed to the ceiling at a funeral home near Tokyo. (thejournal.ie)
The number of consultations over “power harassment,” mainly bulling by bosses, in Japan in fiscal 2016 rose 6.5 pct from the previous year to a record 70,917, a labor ministry survey showed Friday. (Jiji)
In Yamanashi Prefecture, the top producer of wine made only from grapes grown in Japan, three cities have come together to create a plan for a wine resort. (Japan Times)
With their nonalcoholic beers gaining popularity and sales of the real stuff declining, Japan’s Kirin Brewery and Suntory Beer are switching gears. (Nikkei)
Japan Post Holdings Co. is likely to drop a plan to acquire Nomura Real Estate Holdings Inc., as its price is expected to be higher than initially estimated, informed sources said Saturday. (the-japan-news.com)
The House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted on Friday a bill to revise the Penal Code to toughen penalties for sex crimes. (Jiji)