Police hunt for $3.5 mil. thieves

Two men robbed a precious metal dealer of a suitcase containing the money at a parking lot in front of a bank in the city of Fukuoka. The dealer had just withdrawn the money from the bank to buy gold.

The robbers got in a white van parked nearby and fled. The vehicle was driven by another person.

The 29-year-old dealer was sprayed with something like tear gas during the robbery. He sustained slight facial wounds.

Police suspect the robbers knew about the gold transaction.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike was named one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 by Time Magazine on Thursday along with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Japan Times)

Police are looking for the men who stole cash worth 3.5 million dollars in broad daylight in western Japan on Thursday.

Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world’s largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area’s official opening on Friday. (Japan Today)

Japan again saw a record number of minors falling victim to crimes such as molestation through the use of social media last year, with many of those affected having had unrestricted Internet access, police data released Thursday showed. (Japan Today)

The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Australia have agreed to boost their cooperation with the United States due to their region’s worsening security environment. (NHK)

A toll road on Mount Fuji reopened on Thursday after closing for the winter, allowing cars and sightseeing buses to reach the halfway point of Japan’s highest peak. (NHK)

A survey has found that the proportion of children in Japan who dislike studying surges after they enter junior high schools, reaching some 60 pct in their second year. (Jiji)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police are searching for a woman suspected in the disappearance of about 1.2 million yen obtained for student lunches from an elementary school in Odawara City, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

Cherry trees are in full bloom at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. (NHK)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested entertainer-turned-porn-star Anri Sakaguchi in the alleged attempted extortion of a male acquaintance, investigative sources revealed on Wednesday, reports reports Sankei Sports. (tokyoreporter.com)

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