Parts of woman’s body dumped by police officer by mistake

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the officer in his 20s attached to Mejiro Police Station was aware that the bag contained human remains but discarded them because he thought they were unimportant due to their small size.

A police officer dumped a plastic bag containing parts of the body of a woman in her 80s at a garbage collection point at a Tokyo police station in July by mistake and some of them remain unrecovered, the police said Friday. (Kyodo)

New Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Friday that the ministry is considering submitting a bill to lower Japan’s legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18 in the extraordinary Diet session likely be convened this fall. (Japan Today)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe still faces a host of tough economic challenges after he shuffled his cabinet on Thursday. (Jiji)

Japan’s labor ministry says the average wage has declined for the first time in 13 months. (NHK)

A fire broke out at the outer market of the famed Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Thursday, burning seven buildings covering 935 square meters. (Jiji)

Japan’s prime minister says he has formed a new cabinet to regain the people’s trust and push forward his policies. (NHK)

In a bid to put the brakes on his tumbling popularity, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe engineered a make-or-break reshuffle of his scandal-tainted Cabinet on Thursday, gravitating toward veterans to avoid further trouble. (Japan Times)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says the groundwater level briefly plummeted near a building that houses one of the crippled reactors. (NHK)

Sumo’s former yokozuna Asashoryu has been named as a Mongolian presidential envoy in charge of boosting relations with Japan. (NHK)

Homebuilder Sekisui House was swindled in a land deal valued at more than 6 billion yen earlier this year, the company revealed on Wednesday, reports TV Asahi (

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