Early Friday morning, police arrested the woman, who was not named, after the results of a DNA analysis of material found under the fingernails of the victim, 73-year-old Kimiko Tejima, proved to be a match for the suspect.
The suspect lives next door to the apartment of the victim, located in the Honcho area. In October of 2008, the suspect allegedly stabbed the neck and abdomen of Tejima inside the victim’s apartment.
The suspect, who has been charged with murder, admits to the allegations. “I did something terrible,” she said.
Japan will ease visa requirements for Chinese travelers on May 8, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday. (Nikkei)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 59-year-old woman in the killing of her neighbor in Higashi-Murayama City, a crime dating back nearly a decade, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)
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)