On July 14, the suspects, including a 39-year-old, are alleged to have stolen a bag containing 50,000 yen in cash from a male customer of a cafe.
Two of the suspects admit to the allegations, telling police they did it because they wanted the bag, while the third denies the allegations.
In pulling off the crime, one of the suspects approached a staff member and caused a ruckus by loudly asking what time the cafe closed. During the distraction, the other two suspects stole the bag.
Police believe trio is behind a string of similar crimes in which the damage totals 450,000 yen.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three male Romanian nationals suspected in a series of thefts in the Ginza area of Chuo Ward, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)
YouTube star Piko Taro performed a version of his quirky hit song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” at the United Nations on Monday to promote the organization’s Sustainable Development Goals toward eradicating poverty and inequality. (Kyodo)
If you want to visit the Nagoya amusement park on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you’d better go soon. (rocketnews24.com)
Legendary Japanese physician Shigeaki Hinohara, an advocate of healthy aging, has died at the age of 105. (NHK)
Japan on Monday pledged $1 billion over the next two years to back the UN’s development agenda, raising its profile as one of the world’s largest foreign aid donors. (digitaljournal.com)
Nearly 1,000 people have attended a party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular Japanese dress-up doll Licca. (NHK)
Yokozuna sumo grand champion Hakuho on Monday scored his 1,045th win in the Japanese professional sport, tying late yokozuna Chiyonofuji’s second-most career victories. (Jiji)
Japan Coast Guard officials say 2 Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters off the country’s northeast. (NHK)
Taiwan has decided in principle to lift a ban since 2001 on beef imported from Japan, action taken following the discovery there of cattle with mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement posted Monday on its website. (Japan Today)
Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have watched volunteers hoisting sails on the iconic Japanese sailboat, the Nippon Maru. (NHK)