Policeman indicted for murder of wife; deaths of 2 kids being probed

Mitsuru Nakata, a 38-year-old sergeant with the Fukuoka prefectural police, is accused of strangling his wife Yukiko, also 38, shortly after midnight on June 5, according to the indictment. The police are still investigating if he was involved in the children’s deaths.

Investigative sources said Nakata has continued to deny the allegation.

Nakata, who works for the prefectural police’s communications dispatch division, was arrested on June 8 after the police recovered biological evidence from one of the wife’s fingernails, suggesting she scratched him in a struggle, they said.

The sergeant has told investigators that he left for work early on June 6. He was living in the house with his wife and their son Ryosuke, 9, and daughter Miyu, 6.

The victims’ bodies were found after his wife’s sister visited their home. The sister found the wife lying face up in the kitchen on the first floor, while the two children were found dead in their bedroom on the second floor.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a policeman with murdering his wife earlier this month at their home in Ogori, Fukuoka Prefecture, where their two children were also found dead. (Japan Today)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male programmer for allegedly producing so-called “dangerous drugs” in his residence in Nerima Ward earlier this year, reports Fuji News Network (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two men suspected in the swindling of hundreds of persons via a site that claimed to provide fee-based horse racing tips, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

Even though the national suicide rate has fallen by 30% since 2003, its current mark of 18.5 per 100,000 remains the third-highest in the OECD, a rich-country club. (economist.com)

A Japanese budget airline apologised Wednesday for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight. (scmp.com)

Kagoshima District Court on Wednesday granted a retrial for a woman, 90, who completed a prison term for killing a 42 year-old male farmer in the town of Osaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, in 1979. (Jiji)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday revealed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested for posting a death threat on the blog of one of the most popular members of idol group Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls), reports the Asahi Shimbun. (tokyoreporter.com)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a male employee at an institution for the disabled for allegedly engaging in illicit acts with a female pupil, who was 13 at the time, in Hiratsuka City last month, reports Nikkan Sports (tokyoreporter.com)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police used data from a social media application in apprehending a male teacher alleged in the molestation of a woman in Fussa City earlier this month, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have revealed that a 44-year-old man accused of stalking a member of popular idol group HKT48 in Fukuoka City also pursued another member, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

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