At 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Yuki Hanami, a 27-year-old company employee, allegedly stabbed Kenji Masuyama, 53, in the abdomen with a knife on a street in the Kotobukicho area.
The victim later died after being transported to a nearby hospital, according to the Mishima Police Station.
After the incident, the suspect lodged a report with police. He was later found with two knives in his possession. Officers also found two other knives at the scene of the crime.
Hanami was charged with attempted murder. “He was a passerby, and I stabbed him at random,” the suspect told police. The following day the charges against the suspect were changed to murder when he was prosecuted.
Prior to the incident, Hanami set fire to a futon in his residence, police said, according to the Sankei Shimbun (July 8).
Northern Kyushu is being hit by torrential rain for a 5th day on Sunday.
Shizuoka Prefectural Police have discovered a total of four knives in the possession of a male suspect and at the scene of a stabbing last week in Mishima City that left one person dead, reports the Jiji Press. (tokyoreporter.com)
A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of monuments in western Japan as a World Cultural Heritage Site. (NHK)
A UNESCO committee has decided to register a group of ancient monuments in Japan as a World Heritage Site. (NHK)
The former CEO of collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox heads to trial in Tokyo next week on charges stemming from the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency from its digital vaults. (Japan Today)
A man in his 50s, who was detained at a koban (police box) in Ota Ward, Tokyo, suddenly collapsed and died, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Police in Shizuoka have arrested an unemployed 43-year-old woman for committing an indecent act after she stripped down to her underwear outside JR Shizuoka Station on Saturday. (Japan Today)
Search and rescue operations continued on Saturday in parts of the southwestern Japan prefectures of Fukuoka and Oita that have been devastated by landslides and floods caused by record rainfall. (Jiji)
The South Korean government has released rare video footage of Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II, the first time moving images have been shown of the “comfort women.” (Japan Times)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to strengthen their dialogue to improve bilateral ties.